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To control the risk of spreading bovine TB through the movement of cattle with undisclosed infection, only limited and controlled movements onto and off TB restricted holdings are permitted.
When a holding has lost its Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) Status, any movements of live cattle onto or off the holding can only be permitted under licence issued by APHA.
When a licence is required, you must complete an application form and return it to APHA as detailed on the form.
Please note that the TB licensing team require a minimum of 5 working days to process licence requests, and this can increase during busy periods. It is important to provide as much notice as possible when applying for a licence.
In order to assess whether a licence request can be approved, APHA need to have sufficient information to carry out a risk assessment of the proposed movement.
APHA will assess the licence request and contact the applicant to confirm whether the licence can be approved or not. Occasionally it may be necessary for APHA to request further information from the applicant to inform the decision.
Yes. APHA will assess each licence application and carry out a risk assessment. If the conclusion is that the disease risk is high, then the licence request will be refused. APHA will contact the applicant to explain that the licence request has not been approved.
TB restrictions prevent movements of cattle onto a TB restricted holding except under licence issued by APHA.
TB restrictions prevent movements of cattle off a TB restricted holding except under licence issued by APHA.
Cattle moving off a TB restricted holding must have passed a TB test within a certain time frame depending on the type of destination.
Options for movement of cattle off a TB restricted holding under licence are summarised below;
If you are unsure of TB licensing requirements please contact APHA via the Defra Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301.