The ban on Northern Ireland livestock going to Britain for slaughter has been relaxed, the Department of Agriculture has announced.
Animals can now be moved directly to an approved slaughter plant in Britain as long as the shipment is accompanied by a DARD Export Health Certificate, the department said.
The move has been agreed following talks between DARD, Defra and the other devolved GB agriculture departments and applies to exports of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs for immediate slaughter.
Consignments must also be accompanied by a General Import Licence and an Internal Movement Licence issued by the respective departments.
The ban on the movement of breeding and production animals within Great Britain remains in place so these animals cannot be exported from Northern Ireland at present.