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Livestock ID and Traceability | Cattle | Cattle Passports

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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.

How to Apply

Applications for passports

You can apply for a cattle passport using the BCMS website, CTS Online. This is one of the quickest, easiest and safest ways to apply.

Other ways of applying are:

  • Using an internet link from some farm software packages CTS Web Services
  • Self Service Line (SSL) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, tel 0845 011 1212
  • Using an Agent
  • By using the pre-printed application form sent automatically when an order for eartags is confirmed


Some details will already be printed on the application form. There will be separate application forms for each set of eartags.

Passport Types

There are five types of cattle identification documents in Great Britain, which are all vaild:
 

  1. A single-page passport (CPP52) will be printed from 1 August 2011. If you have newborn or imported cattle, or your original identification document needs to be reissued, you will receive a single-page passport (CPP52) An example of this passport can be found on the Rural Payments Agency website.

  2. If a cattle passport is refused we will issue a notice of registration (CPP35)

  3. Animals registered between 28 September 1998 and 31 July 2011 have a chequebook style passport (CPP13)

  4. Animals registered between 1 July 1996 and 27 September 1998 have an old-style (blue and green) cattle passport (CPP1). These animals must also have a certificate of CTS registration (COR or form CHR3), which can be used to report movements

  5. Cattle born or imported into Great Britain before 1 July 1996 have certificates of CTS registration (COR or CHR3). These animals do not have passports, and we do not expect them to have one.

 

Keepers of cattle must ensure that passport applications are made within the time limits allowed and ensure that movement records, both in the passport and in registers are kept up to date.