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Sheep and Goat Movements

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Please note, all animals* imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information. 

*excluding non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats or ferrets originating from within the Customs Union.

Sheep and goats can carry many diseases that could be passed on to cattle and therefore threaten the Guernsey dairy industry. For this reason, the pre-movement health tests for sheep and goats are the most rigorous for any animals imported into the Bailiwick.

  • Importing Sheep and Goats from the Channel Islands

    • Sheep and goats can be imported into Guernsey from the Channel Islands under the General Import Licence subject to the following conditions:
      • it was born in, and has remained continuously since birth in, the island from which it is to be exported; or
      • it was legally imported into the island from which it is to be exported and has remained there continuously since its import; or
      • it was imported into the island from which it is to be exported from Guernsey and is being re-exported to Guernsey; and
      • the island from which it is being exported is not subject to notifiable disease restrictions. 
  • Importing Sheep and Goats from the United Kingdom

    • Sheep and goats can be imported from the UK with a licence issued by the States Veterinary Officers and they must satisfy a number of health conditions before being imported. An application form can be found here.
    • Sheep and goats imported from the UK must have a health certificate (7783EHC) issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which must be signed by a UK Official Veterinarian (OV). 
      • A copy of the 7783EHC must be sent by e-mail to svo@gov.gg as soon as possible after issue and in any case before sheep or goats are dispatched to Guernsey.
      • Notes for guidance (7783NFG) of the health requirements for sheep and goats imported from the UK can be found by following this link
    • Sheep and goats must be isolated for 21 days following import to the Bailiwick and the post import isolation facilities must be inspected and approved by the States Veterinary Officers prior to import. 
  • Other Imports

    • In any other circumstances, sheep and goats cannot be imported into Guernsey without an import licence issued by the States Veterinary Officers. Follow this link for an application form.
      • A licence may have conditions on health requirements, which may include isolation before dispatch to Guernsey and tests.
  • Costs

    • The cost of complying with any health requirements must be met by the importer.
  • Animal Health Threats

    • In the last few years animal health on Guernsey has been threatened by diseases carried by midges (Cluicoides species). Midges are potential vectors for certain animal diseases such as Bluetongue & Schmallenberg Virus. To reduce the risk of inadvertently bringing potentially infected midges to Guernsey from Jersey in vehicles, livestock owners are advised to spray vehicles with insect deterrents or insect killers before animals are loaded into them.
    • Follow this link for a list of recommended insect deterrents or insect killers.

Downloads

Animal Import Notification Animal/Animal Product Import Application General Import Licence 2022 Insect sprays 7783NFG 7783EHC

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