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Farming - transport of animals

No animal shall be transported unless it is fit for the intended journey and all animals shall be transported in conditions guaranteed not to cause them injury or unnecessary suffering.

Transporting animals up to 65km

  • Must comply with technical rules on fitness to travel, means of transport and transport practices.
  • Must be accompanied by an Animal Transport Certificate.

Transporting animals over 65km and under 8 hours

  • As above, plus:
  • Must hold a valid transporter authorisation.

Drivers or attendants responsible for the transport of farm livestock, horses or poultry must hold a valid Certificate of Competence.

Transporting animals over 8 hours

  • As above, plus:
  • Vehicles transporting farm livestock, horses or poultry must be inspected and approved.
    The transport of farm livestock and horses over 8 hours to other EU member states or third countries must be accompanied by a journey log.

Transporter authorisations

From 5 January 2007 anyone transporting animals on journeys over 65km as part of an economic activity must hold a valid authorisation to do so.

There are two types of authorisation:

Short journeys – for over 65km and up to 8 hours duration
Long journeys – all journeys including those over 8 hours duration

Authorisation application forms can be found on the Defra website’s transport pages.

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