About us

We maintain an online database of all bovine animals in Great Britain called the Cattle Tracing System (CTS).

Animal keepers use it to report births, deaths and movements of their bovine animals.

Tracing animals helps to control and eradicate bovine diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB), Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) or foot and mouth disease. It protects consumers by making sure that products in the human food chain are safe.

Who we are

We are part of the Rural Payments Agency and we work on behalf of the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Our responsibilities

Our main responsibilities are to:

  • maintain the Cattle Tracing System (CTS)
  • issue cattle passports
  • process information about cattle births, movements and deaths received from keepers