Animal Gatherings Licence
Following the devastation of the foot and
mouth outbreak the law relating to the movements of livestock has
changed radically. In order to make the movements of all livestock
traceable to help prevent the spread of disease, new measures
have been introduced with regard to animal gatherings.
All livestock whether regarded as pets or farm
stock must be moved under the conditions of the:
- Disease Control Order
- Animal Gatherings Order
Livestock covered under these laws:
- Cattle (excluding bison and yak)
If all the animals are owned by one person and
brought to the event and tended by that person for the duration of
the event, this falls outside the Animals Gatherings Order.
Fulfilling the requirements of the Disease Control Order will be
the responsibility of that person.
These animals can be moved only if the owner
has applied for and received a licence to move to the event from
Defra. Conditions such as correct identification of the animals and
transportation conditions will apply.
If animals are arriving from more than one
place to the event the Animal Gatherings Order and related
conditions will apply. This means that the gathering must be pre
approved and licensed by Defra.
Conditions for an animal gathering
- The appointment of a bio-security officer and
- The provision of footbaths containing
approved disinfectants at the entrance to animal area
- Licences and notices must be displayed in
full view of the public.
- Animals must not arrive before the agreed
date and time of the gathering. All must depart by the end of the
- No livestock have been on the site of the
event for 28 days prior to, or will be on the site for 28 days
after, the event. If the area is paved and can being cleansed and
disinfected, this rule will not apply.
- All persons attending the gathering ensure
their clothing and footwear are free of contamination from animal
It is vital to protect the health of persons
handling livestock. If the public have direct access to the
livestock the owner needs to have:
- Adequate insurance
- Adequate hand washing facilities
- Knowledge of animal handling and welfare
- Suitable and sufficient warnings displayed
regarding disease transmission, eg it is important to warn
women who may be pregnant not to touch ewes due to the risk of
For further information on these issues please
contact the Animal Health Divisional Office at Chelmsford Animal
Health on 01245 358383.