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Movements between TB restricted holdings

Subject to a satisfactory Veterinary Risk Assessment (VRA) APHA may license cattle to move from one TB restricted holding to another. Cattle must have been skin tested with negative results in the previous 30 days or be calves under 42 days of age.

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. If you are unsure of TB licensing requirements please contact APHA via the Defra Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301.

Moving cattle onto a TB restricted holding from an unrestricted holding

Once a TB breakdown herd has had its first short interval test, and subject to a satisfactory VRA, APHA may license cattle to move from an un-restricted (officially TB free) holding to a TB restricted holding.

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. If you are unsure of TB licensing requirements please contact APHA via the Defra Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301.

Movements to slaughter

To facilitate the movement to slaughter of clear tested cattle from TB breakdown herds, APHA usually issues a general movement licence. This negates the need to apply for a movement licence every time cattle need to go to slaughter. In higher risk situations, where a general licence cannot be permitted, herd owners would need to apply for a specific movement licence.

Slaughter Gatherings or ‘Red Markets’

Such gatherings, often referred to as ‘Red Markets’ must be approved and licenced by APHA. Cattle moved to a Red Market can then only be moved to slaughter.

‘Red Markets’ can be licensed to accept:

  • Cattle from TB restricted premises must have been skin tested with negative results within the  previous 90 days, with the exception of calves under 42 days age. Cattle entering a ‘red’ market must not be classified as reactors, inconclusive reactors (IRs) or direct contacts (DCs)
  • Cattle from Approved Finishing Units (AFUs). There is no requirement to skin test cattle moving from non-grazing AFUs in England
  • Untested cattle from non-restricted (officially TB free) premises
  • Cattle entering ‘red’ markets must be eligible for human consumption

> Click here for APHA guidance for holding a Slaughter Gathering in England and Wales