During the Foot and Mouth Disease crisis the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) is making a change to its normal arrangements for the movement of animals. The movement of animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, deer and horses) will be controlled in order to reduce the chance of spreading Foot and Mouth Disease. This will affect anyone involved in the movement of animals.

A licence issued by DARD will be needed before animals or carcases (other than some Under Thirty Month (UTM) emergency slaughter carcases - see * below) are moved anywhere in Northern Ireland. The licence must accompany the movement and its conditions must be fully complied with.

Licensed movement will be allowed:

  •  From farms outside the infected area (10km area) direct to slaughter outside the infected area. Details of the infected area were published by DARD in the local press and on the DARD website - www.dardni.gov.uk/footandmouth
  • From farms outside the infected area (10km area) of OTMS carcases direct to Lisburn Proteins.
  • From farms outside the infected area direct to slaughter inside the infected area. 

Licensed Movement may be allowed only in exceptional circumstances and with the direct permission of the local DVO:

  • Farm-to-farm, e.g. for humane reasons
  • From farms inside the infected area direct to slaughter. 

Movements outside the infected area of live animals to slaughter

How to obtain a licence

  1. An application form for a licence (FM/7) can be obtained from local DVOs or may be completed by abattoir staff.
  2. Applicants should allow sufficient time before the planned slaughter for issue of the licence - at least 2 days if the licence can be faxed or at least 5 days if the licence has to be posted.
  3. Applicants should telephone the abattoir where the animals are to be slaughtered and arrange a time and date for delivery of the animals. The abattoir staff will complete the owner details on the licence application. They will require the applicant's name, address, herd or flock mark, number of animals for slaughter, the address of the farm premises and fax number (if available). Alternatively these details can be faxed to the abattoir.
  4. The abattoir will complete the licence application to show the date that they have agreed to take the animals and forward to the local DVO.
  5. The local DVO will complete and stamp the licence, and forward to the applicant by fax or by post. 

How to move licensed animals

  1. The movement licence must travel with the animals, and be surrendered to a DARD official on arrival at the abattoir.
  2. The movement must take place on the date shown on the licence. The licence will be valid for up to 1 working day after the date of the expected slaughter.
  3. Valid movement documents must accompany each consignment of animals in transit (MC2 document for cattle; Aujeszky's Disease AD2 - AD4 document for pigs).
  4. Fewer animals than shown on the movement licence, but not more, may be carried.
  5. Fewer animals than shown on the movement licence, but not more, may be carried.

Movement outside the infected area of on-farm slaughtered OTMS carcases

How to obtain a licence

  1. Applicants must contact AHF Ltd in the normal way to obtain a reference number for the OTM22 (veterinary casualty slaughter certificate).
  2. Applicants should telephone the local DVO and request a movement licence for an OTMS carcase. The applicant's name, address, herd number and farm premises address will be required, together with details of the animal's eartag number, name of the certifying veterinary practitioner, the booking reference and a fax number, if available. Alternatively applicants may take a completed FM/7 to their local DVO.
  3. The local DVO will complete and stamp the licence and fax the completed licence. If no fax is available the licence will have to be collected from the DVO.

How to move licensed animals

  1. The licence must travel with the carcase, and its conditions must be fully complied with.
  2. The licence remains valid for up to 2 working days following the date of issue.
  3. The movement licence should be surrendered to a DARD official on arrival of the animal(s) at Lisburn Proteins. 

For other animal movements

Movement of animals in other circumstances should be avoided. However, the local DVO must be contacted if it is considered that the movement is essential. The DVO will make an assessment as to whether movement can be allowed.

UTM emergency slaughtered animals*

Movement outside the infected area

A licence is not required for emergency slaughtered UTM animals moving outside of the infected area. A veterinary practitioner will have slaughtered such animals on farm because of injury or similar reason, and the abattoir has agreed to take the carcase for entry into the human food chain. Such animals must be accompanied by the veterinary practitioner's emergency slaughter certificate.

Movement inside the infected area

Emergency slaughtered UTM animals cannot be moved inside the infected area without the express permission of the local DVO.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. The legislation controlling the movement of animals is the Foot and Mouth Disease (Controlled Area) (No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2001 No. 93.
  2. Copies of the Order can be obtained from the Bookshop, Arthur Street, Belfast.
  3. Details of the infected area were published in Press Release 106/01, dated 3 March 2001