Keeping farmed animals – form

Additional CPH for an officially TB free cattle business: application

Form and conditions to apply for additional County Parish Holding numbers for cattle businesses which are officially TB free.



Most cattle businesses are represented as a single holding and only need one County Parish Holding (CPH) number. This can cover land up to 10 miles in England and Wales and 5 miles in Scotland from the centre of operations, where animals would normally be gathered.

The CPH is allocated by:

They need to be provided with detailed information about the extent of the holding.

It is is possible to divide a cattle business into 2 or more smaller holdings, within these distance limits. This must be authorised by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and approval is subject to conditions listed in Schedule 1 of the form:

  • the business must be officially tuberculosis free (OTF)
  • the different parts of the business with different CPHs (the different holdings) must consist of different parcel(s) of land with distinct and described boundaries
  • there must be no direct contact of livestock on the different parts, with adequate distance separation and prevention of nose-to-nose contact with other livestock
  • there must be no indirect contact through management practices or husbandry; there must be separate handling, feed and water management and separate facilities (e.g. milking parlours)
  • separate records must be kept
  • the corresponding herds will be allocated separate herdmarks
  • movements must be reported on/off each holding including movements between them
  • movements between the holdings must be minimised
  • movements are subject to disease control standstill
  • movements are subject to TB pre-movement testing requirements as appropriate to the country or region

These conditions are designed to ensure that the holdings are run, and are seen to be run, sufficiently separately for routine purposes including disease control. However, this does not guarantee that a problem identified on one holding will not result in action being taken on another.

Please contact your local APHA Office if you need further information on completing the form.