At Forth Valley Vets we consider ourselves very fortunate to be dealing with some of the best breeding animals in the country. We are regularly involved in export work, however with regular changes in regulations particularly regarding bluetongue, 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 hour 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 so animals are no longer required to be vaccinated or tested prior to movement.
- All export requirements are dependant 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.
In general the requirements for sheep export are much the same as cattle in that the animals must be fit to travel, free from infectious disease and correctly identified. There are also specific requirements regarding scrapie and maedi-visna. If you are considering exporting sheep please contact the practice for more information.
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 be involved with export work but please contact us at the surgery as early as possible in order that we can confirm the current requirements with Carlisle Animal Health Office and assist you in your preparations for a successful export!