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, and
In any other circumstances, sheep, goats and their products cannot be imported into the Bailiwick 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.
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.
Information to Livestock Keepers
Further information for livestock keepers can be found here.