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Transporting Livestock Regulations

A major part of farm life is the transportation of live animals around the United Kingdom. So, what are some rules and regulation for transporting animals by road?

ANIMAL TRANSPORT: The rules relate most to those who transport live animals by road.

In particular, it is the movement of cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, sheep or equine on road journeys over 65km.

The mileage also includes travel up to and including eight (8) hours. In this case, drivers must undertake a legal qualification to ensure competence.

We refer to Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005. It stipulates the importance of the protection of animals during transport and its related operations.

This regulation requires that those transporting and handling animals in connection with economic activity get trained in the relevant technical provisions of the Regulation.

Compliance comes under the Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005. That particular piece of legislation took effect from the 5th of January 2007. The general conditions of animal transportation also stipulate that:

  • The animals are fit enough to undertake the journey.
  • The personnel who handle the animals are competent and trained as appropriate. They should carry out their tasks without using violence or any other method likely to cause fear, suffering, or injury.
  • Enough water, feed, and rest gets offered to the animals at suitable intervals. Each should be appropriate in quality and quantity according to animal species and size.

Important: Another section contains information about sheep and livestock worrying from dog attacks and how to report incidents to the police.

Lantra Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road

Rules for the Transportation of Live Animals by RoadThus, proper training in transporting livestock regulations and safety requirements is essential. Those involved have a duty to ensure the animals get protected in the correct manner.

Lantra offer a range of diverse training and qualifications to meet industry standards. They have their Head Office based in Warwickshire.

They offer the Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road (Short Journey) qualification. The Lantra qualification specifically addresses:

  • Fitness for travel, means of transport, use of facilities, loading, unloading and handling.
  • Journey times, animal rest periods, space allowances, and recognised documentation.
  • Watering and feeding intervals for animals during transportation.

Note: It enables a driver to be compliant when using road vehicles for transporting farm animals, equine, and birds as an economic activity.

The assessment for the competence of this qualification is a one off requirement. But, stricter regulations apply when transporting animals on journeys longer than 8 hours.

Lantra also offer extra training for these extended journey times. It comes in the form of the Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road – Long Journey Attendant/Driver.


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Transporting Livestock Regulations in the United Kingdom