A cattle keeper is anyone who’s responsible for cattle, bison or buffalo either temporarily or permanently.
This can include:
people who run livestock markets, showgrounds and calf assembly centres
those buying and selling cattle
people who run slaughterhouses and lairages
Cattle keepers in England or Wales must follow these rules and processes to make sure cattle, bison or buffalo can be traced at all times.
These are legal requirements to help prevent and contain the outbreak of disease. If you do not follow them, you could get movement restrictions on your herd, reduced subsidy payments, or be prosecuted.
You must first register where you’ll keep cattle with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). You’ll get a county parish holding (CPH) number, which you’ll use for tasks such as ordering ear tags and reporting cattle movements.
Get a temporary land association (TLA) or a temporary county parish holding (tCPH) number
You may need to get a temporary land association (TLA) or temporary county parish holding (tCPH) number to link the land or buildings where you’ll keep cattle with your CPH number. You must do this if:
your CPH number is registered to your home address (for example, because you do not own any of the land where you’ll keep cattle)
you use extra land temporarily to keep cattle (for example, you rent an extra field or building for less than a year)
How to get a new or replacement cattle passport or a movement licence for cattle that have been refused a passport. Also includes how to get continuation sheets for full passports and barcode labels to identify your holding.
Use Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online and CTS Web Services
Use CTS Online to register cattle births and report movements and deaths to BCMS. Reporting these events is a legal requirement. You can also use compatible farm software to do this using CTS Web Services.