Get and use bar code labels for your holding

You get bar code labels when you register your holding. If you run out, the British Cattle Movement Service will send you more on request.

The British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) uses bar code labels (also called holding address labels) to read information about holdings automatically. Cattle keepers receive a supply of bar code labels when they first register their holding with BCMS.

Request more bar code labels

If you need more bar codes, contact BCMS: or use the ‘contact BCMS’ function on Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online.

BCMS will send you new bar code labels for free.

When you receive the labels, check the information on them is correct. If it isn’t, contact BCMS. Store the labels securely.

What to use bar code labels for

You need to use bar codes on:

  • application forms for cattle passports
  • movement cards in chequebook-style passports
  • passport movement summaries
  • passport death details sections


British Cattle Movement Service

Curwen Road
Derwent Howe
CA14 2DD

Normal BCMS helpline opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, closed weekends and bank holidays. All calls charged at local rate.

A Welsh version of this page is also available

Published 6 May 2014