Rules for Animal Movements

Since the end of the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak animal movement controls have been in place.

Most movements of livestock are made under a General Licence issued by the Secretary of State (DEFRA). Sheep, goats, deer and pigs require a movement document. These are called ARAMS (Animal Reporting & Movement Service) for sheep, goats and deer, and these documents must accompany the animals on their journey.

ARAM forms can be obtained by contacting us at Milton Keynes Council- Animal Health. Movements can also be reported electronically via a web-portal into the ARAMS system directly. Please contact the ARAMS helpline for further information on 0844 573 0137.

Pig movements must be recorded using the eAML2 service (an electronic version of the AML2 form). Please contact the eAML2 helpline for further information on 0844 335 8400.

In the case of cattle, a cattle passport is required. These are issued through the British Cattle Movement Service.

To prevent the spread of disease a "standstill period" is triggered when livestock is moved onto premises. Livestock can't be moved off that premises until the standstill period has expired:

  • 6 days - Sheep, Goats, Deer, Cattle
  • 20 days - Pigs

Last Updated: 30 November 2017