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Livestock ID and Traceability | Cattle

CattleCattle Identification and Traceability is vital to enable efficient and effective disease control and to protect public health. In the event of a disease outbreak, it is important that movements can be traced easily from birth to death.

To ensure this level of traceability is achieved, all cattle are required to be correctly identified and issued with a corresponding passport in accordance with current legislation which is set by the European Commission. 

Cattle Keepers Handbook




The latest version (August 2011) of the Cattle Keepers Handbook provides an easy reference to details on cattle identification and traceability, and includes changes made to the rules which came into force on 6 April 2007.

A quick reference guide to the tagging and tracing of cattle is also available.

Holding registers can be downloaded then printed from the RPA website

Visit the Rural Payments and Services website for detailed information on cattle inspections in Scotland.

*PLEASE NOTE.  The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) is now known as the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).  Any direct reference to AHVLA contained within this guidance should be read to be APHA.