Livestock ID and Traceability | Cattle | Movements

cattle Movements

The Cattle Tracing System (CTS) records all movements of cattle registered or imported into Great Britain since 28 September 1998.

It is a legislative requirement that all cattle movements both "on" and "off" a holding and between herds are notified to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) within 3 days.

CTS Online - This is the BCMS Online service which is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It has checks built into the system that will help avoid errors going into the CTS database. It reduces paperwork and is the quickest and safest way of reporting moves to BCMS.

To report movements, visit CTS Online.

 

If you still have the cheque book style of passport please mail your movement cards to BCMS. The movement cards are prepaid by BCMS.

Remember - You must report all movements to BCMS within 3 days.

Who is Responsible for Movement Recording?

Different movements require different people to report the movement:

Farm to Farm Movements

  • 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

Direct to Slaughter - Farm to Abattoir

  • We have asked all Scottish Abattoirs to report electronically both the off-movement from the farm and the on-movement to the abattoir onbehalf of keepers. One or two are still changing to the electronic reporting system and you should check that your abattoir is reporting movements for you. If they are not you must report the off-movement using CTS Online, e-mail (SIS) or by sending a movement card to BCMS. The abattoir is still responsible for reporting the on-movement.

Scottish Live Auction Sales - Farm to Market and Market to Farm

We have asked all Scottish markets to report the following movements, including the "off" and "on" movements on your behalf:

  • off-movement from consigning keeper's farm
  • On-movement to market
  • Off-movement from market
  • on movement to receiving keeper's farm

Please do not duplicate the reporting of these movements to BCMS

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.