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Exporting Cattle from the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man was recently awarded TB Free status. From 18 April 2016, Cattle for Export are no longer required to have a TB test prior to being exported. Animals for breeding or rearing must be resident on the holding of origin for 30 days prior to export.

This will encourage UK buyers to be more receptive to the purchase of Manx exports as the need for pre-movement TB testing on their holding, and hence the perceived risk of restriction, will be removed.

If you are planning to export cattle to the UK - DEFA Agriculture requires the following information at least* 3 working days prior to the lairage, in order to prepare the 'Export Health Certificate':

  • Official ear mark
  • Breed
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
  • Name and address of exporter
  • Address of lairage premises
  • Name and address of destination
  • Whether the cattle are going to a show / sale
  • Name of certifying Veterinary Officer together with date/time of lairage.
  • Name of the Transporter and their authorisation number.

* For email applications please allow 3 working days' notice; for any other types of application (for example, post or fax) please allow 4 working days.

If you are planning to export to the EU (not including UK) then the department require 10 days' notice upon receipt of the completed EU application form. This form is available for download on this page.

Exporter requirements

  • Exporters must submit full details – amendments/additions will not be accepted from third parties;
  • Exporters must notify DEFA of any animals which have not travelled. DEFA are required to provide this information to DEFRA's Animal Health office in Preston no later than 2 days following export;
  • Pre-1996 cattle can no longer be exported due to DEFRA's decision to impose movement restrictions on all cattle born before 1 August 1996.

Export health certificate template

Please supply the animal information in the following format:

Official ear mark



Date of birth

For example: UK 010 123 123456




For example: UK 010 123 234567




Passports must be made available for inspection at the time of the lairage.

A proper handling system must be available with an effective means of restraint (a crush), whereby the Veterinary Officer can read the animal's identification, and carry out any examinations without risk of injury. A hard standing area must be available to examine each animal for lameness.

Please ensure your haulier has the appropriate transport authorisation to transport the animals.

For further information please contact:

Agriculture Directorate

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's


Telephone:+44 1624 685844

Email:Send Email

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