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.
Before you keep cattle, you must register your land to get a county parish holding (CPH) number. If you’re using land temporarily, you’ll need a temporary land association (TLA) or temporary county parish holding (tCPH) number. If anything changes, you must update your details.
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.