Northern Ireland foot and mouth restrictions lifted

The ban on livestock from Northern Ireland going to Great Britain for direct slaughter has been relaxed under certain conditions.

Animals for slaughter may move direct to an approved slaughter plant, provided the consignment is accompanied by a DARD Export Health Certificate, which is available from local Divisional Veterinary Offices (DVOs).

All consignments must also be accompanied by a General Import Licence and an Internal Movement Licence issued by the respective Agriculture Departments in GB.

After animals have been off-loaded at the approved slaughter plant, and before the vehicle leaves the premises, the vehicle must be treated so that all surfaces including the loading ramp  have been cleansed and disinfected.

In addition, driver footwells, access steps to the vehicle, pedals and mats must be cleansed and disinfected before any return journey to Northern Ireland is undertaken. This must be entered in the haulier records.

Any vehicle found to be unclean in the opinion of a DARD Portal Inspector shall be re-exported to Great Britain.

The ban on the movement of breeding and production animals within GB remains in place. Therefore these animals are not able to be exported from Northern Ireland to GB at this time. This position will be kept under review.

NI farmers requiring foot and mouth advice or having any concerns can telephone DARD’s helpline on 02890524999 or access information online at

For more on foot and mouth see our special report

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