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All cattle movements must comply with the TB Pre-Movement Testing (PrMT) rules.

In Wales, all cattle herds are tested at least once a year. Cattle are also required to be pre-movement tested before they can be moved from a farm. All cattle over 6 weeks old must test negative to a TB test, no more than 60 days before the movement. Movements of cattle from restricted herds must be made within 30 days of a clear TB test.

Exemptions

The following movements are exempt from the PrMT requirements:

  • cattle moving directly to slaughter or to a slaughter market
  • cattle returning from a market to the holding from which they travelled
  • cattle moving directly to a (Pre-Movement Testing) Exempt Finishing Unit or a (Pre-Movement Testing) exempt market
  • cattle moving to un-housed shows of less than 24 hours in duration and returning to the holding from which they travelled
  • cattle moving directly to an Approved Finishing Unit for cattle under movement restrictions for TB or an approved TB collection centre

Guidance for cattle keepers on pre-movement and post-movement testing of cattle is available from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) at gov.uk (external link).