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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 2003

 - Animal Gatherings Order 2004

Livestock covered under these laws:

  • Cattle (excluding bison and yak)
  • Deer
  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Pigs

 

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 licence:

  • The appointment of a bio-security officer and secretary
  • 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 gathering.
  • 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 excrement.

 

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 issues
  • 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 Enzoonotic Abortion.

 

For further information on these issues please contact the Animal Health Divisional Office at Chelmsford Animal Health on 01245 358383.

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