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cattle CTS Movements

ScotMoves is the replacement system for CTS links in Scotland for within business moves.  The use of ScotMoves however is not madatory.  If you wish to continue to use CTS for all your cattle moves (both within & out with your business) you should continue to follow the guidance below.

It is a legislative requirement that all cattle movements are reported within 3 days.

CTS Online - This is the BCMS Online service which is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

To report movements (outwith your main business), they can be reported using CTS Online, telephony, e-mail (SIS) or by sending a movement card to BCMS. 

Who is Responsible for Movement Recording?

Different movements require different people to report the movement:

Farm to Farm Movements (out with your main business)

  • Consigning keeper reports OFF-movement from their farm
  • Receiving keeper reports ON-movement to their farm
  • Alternatively, movements can be reported by an agent or agents acting on behalf of the consigning or receiving keeper

Scottish Live Auction Sales - 4 Way Movement Reporting System

All Scottish markets report the following movements, including the "OFF farm" and the "ON" movements on your behalf.  Markets will however, only report movements to a keepers main CPH number.  Any movement thereafter that you want to make within your 'business' you can make using the ScotMoves system.  You can also contact the ScotEID office for advice. 

Markets therefore report the following:

  1. OFF-movement from consigning keeper's main CPH
  2. ON-movement to market
  3. OFF-movement from market
  4. ON movement to receiving keeper's main CPH

Direct to Slaughter - Farm to Abattoir

  • Scottish Abattoirs report electronically both the 'off farm movement' and the 'on abattoir movement' on behalf of Scottish cattle keepers. You should check that your abattoir is reporting movements for you. If they are not you must report the off-movement using CTS Online, telephony, e-mail (SIS) or by sending a movement card to BCMS. The abattoir is still responsible for reporting the on-movement.

On Farm Auction / Video Sales / Sales Other Than At Live Auction Sales

You must make sure that all movements are notified to BCMS. This can be carried out by an agent or agents acting on behalf of the consigning or receiving keepers but if not, the keepers involved must notify movements using CTS Online, email (SIS) or by sending movement cards.

Agricultural Shows - Farm to Showground to Farm

Show secretaries are responsible for reporting movements "ON" and "OFF" the show ground. Some secretries have agreed to also report the "OFF" farm and "ON" farm movements. You need to check and, if this is not being done, you must notify BCMS of each "OFF" and "ON" farm movement using CTS Online or by sending a movement document.

Movement Restrictions

Movement restrictions on cattle born or reared in the UK before August 1996

All cattle born or reared in the UK before 1 August 1996 are subject to movement restrictions as an extra precaution against meat from these older cattle entering the food chain (milk from such animals can be sold for human consumption). Further Information is available on movement restrictions on cattle born or reared in the UK before August 1996 on the AHVLA website.

Cattle born or reared in the UK before 1 August 1996 are permanently excluded from the food chain and it is illegal to send them for slaughter for human consumption. At the end of their productive lives, they must be treated in the same way as fallen cattle.