All cattle born in or imported into Great Britain since 1 July 1996 must have a cattle passport. This applies whether the cattle are male, female, dairy or beef and also applies even if the animal is still on the holding on which it was born. A cattle passport must remain with an animal throughout its life.
Cattle passports enable the movement of animals to be traced; buyers and inspectors can see at a glance where an animal has been throughout its life.
A KEEPER MUST APPLY FOR PASSPORTS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE ANIMAL HAVING BEEN TAGGED (A MAXIMUM OF 27 DAYS IN TOTAL FROM DATE OF BIRTH) TO COMPLY WITH EUROPEAN LEGISLATION. APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE NOT RECEIVED IN TIME COULD LEAD TO RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENTS OF CATTLE ON A KEEPER’S HOLDING AND REFUSAL OF THE PASSPORT APPLICATION.