Links between cattle holdings (CTS links)
- British Cattle Movement Service
- Part of:
- Guidance on keeping cattle, bison and buffalo in Great Britain and Cattle identification and registration
- 6 May 2014
- Applies to:
- England and Scotland
The way livestock holdings are defined in England is changing.
From July 2016, there will be changes to the way holdings are defined in England. The changes will take place over a one year period and will include the withdrawal of CTS links. From 25 July 2016 no new CTS links will be created. BCMS will contact you when your link is being withdrawn.
Linked holdings Scotland
All CTS links will cease to operate in Scotland when the ScotMoves system becomes operational on 1 January 2017. Further information can be found here.
The rules on linked holdings
- You don’t have to report movements of cattle between linked holdings to BCMS, but you must still record them in your holding register
- If you move hire bulls for serving purposes you must always report these movements (These movements do not fit under the linked holding rules)
- You must report any other movements to BCMS and record them in your holding register in the usual way
Remember if you have a link between holdings and there is an animal disease outbreak on one of the holdings, all holdings linked to it will be placed under movement restrictions.
You must meet all the other conditions of the general licence for the movement of cattle under the disease control order in England including the livestock movement standstill requirements.
You must make sure the cattle undergo pre-movement TB tests if they are eligible for testing.
You must record details of the links between your holding and other holdings in your holding register.
British Cattle Movement Service
BCMS helpline 0345 050 1234
Helpline for cattle keepers in Wales 0345 050 3456
Normal BCMS helpline opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, closed weekends and bank holidays. All calls charged at local rate.
Published: 6 May 2014