The British Cattle Movement Service

The British Cattle Movement Service is part of the Rural Payments Agency. The Rural Payments Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

What does the British Cattle Movement Service do?

The British Cattle Movement Service is responsible for maintaining a register of births, deaths and imports of cattle, for issuing cattle passports and for recording the location of individual cattle. This is known as the Cattle Tracing System.

The Cattle Tracing System was set up to fulfil Great Britain’s obligations under:

  • EC Directive 64/432 on animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine (as amended);
  • EC Regulation 1760/00 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No.
  • EC Regulation 2629/97 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 820/97 as regards ear tags, holding registers and passports in the framework of the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals;
  • EC Regulation 2630/97 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation 1760/00 as regards the minimum level of controls to be carried out in the framework of the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals;
  • EC Regulation 494/98 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation 1760/00 as regards the application of minimum administrative sanctions in the framework of the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals.

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