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Cattle identification

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Cattle are required to be identified and registered with British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) within 27 days of birth. Movements are required to be reported within 3 days.

BCMS maintain the Great Britain Cattle Tracing System (CTS) (external link) on behalf of Welsh Government, Scottish Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

A link to the keeper's handbook is available on the UK Government website (external link).

BCMS helplines:

  • Welsh 0345 0503 456
  • English 0345 0501 234.

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