Animal movement licences

​​​​To help stop the spread of animal diseases, such as Foot and Mouth, a scheme of licensing has been introduced to control the movement of certain animals, in particular sheep, goats, pigs and cows.

The conditions which apply to these movements vary according to the type of animal, the destination and the type of trip. In addition, these conditions are constantly being altered and so it is important that you make yourself aware of the latest conditions when applying for a movement licence.

In certain conditions all that is necessary is for you to complete the licence and forward the copies as laid down. The licences can be obtained from your local DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) office.

Further inform​​ation

Further guidance can be obtained from:

Welfare of Livestock in Transit

Livestock should be transported in a humane manner. Further advice can be obtained from DEFRA. Some simple points to remember include:

  • Animals should have water, feed and 24 hours rest before starting a journey.

  • Animals should be fit to travel.

  • Transport and trailers should be well designed and constructed so as not to cause injury or suffering.

  • Competent and trained people should load, unload and transport animals.

  • Vehicles must be properly cleansed and disinfected, with adequate ventilation and protection from the weather.

  • Animals must not be over-crowded.

  • Anyone transporting livestock needs to be registered as an authorised transporter.

If you have any concerns with regard to the welfare of animals being transported please contact us.

Disposal of Animals and Animal By-Products

In order to control the spread of animal diseases there are strict controls over the disposal of fallen stock and animal by-products such as animal carcases, blood, fish, feathers, hides, skin and also catering waste that contains meat or products of animal origin.

The approved method of disposal depends on the risk involved, but the two main methods are:

  • Incineration

  • Rendering

For further guidance can be found on the DEFRA website.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506