At Nantwich Farm Vets, we consider ourselves very fortunate as we deal with some of the best breeding animals in the country. We are regularly involved in export work; however, with frequent changes to regulations, this export work has become fraught with potential pitfalls.

General requirements for cattle exports currently are:

Animals for export must have remained on the farm from which they are to be exported, for at least 30 days prior to movement.
The farm must be under no movement restrictions at the time of export.
All animals for export, including calves, must have passed a TB (tuberculosis) test within 30 days of export and be identifiable by appropriate ear tags and passports.
Animals must be exported directly from the farm, without unloading or changing vehicles at any point along the way. You, the exporter, will be required to sign a declaration to this effect.
A vet must examine the animals within 24 hours of loading. This involves checking animal identity, fitness to travel, freedom from infectious disease (including skin parasites, ringworm, respiratory disease etc) and for completion of all appropriate paperwork.
The bluetongue restrictions have now been lifted, therefore animals are no longer required to be vaccinated or tested prior to movement.

All export requirements are dependent on the country the animals are going to and are subject to change at very short notice.
The exporter applies for an export health certificate and the importer must apply for an import licence – both forms are completed by the exporting vet within 24 hours of loading the animals.

As you can appreciate, there is a lot at stake when exporting livestock and last minute complications can be costly for all involved. We are very happy to assist with export work -  please contact us at the surgery at your earliest convenience to allow enough time for confirmation of the current requirements from the Carlisle Animal Health Office, and for us to help you prepare for a successful export.

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