The consultation sought views on replacing the current CTS (Cattle Tracing System) with a modern livestock traceability service and simplifying the regulations covering cattle identification and movement reporting.
Whilst the current system remains effective, it is unable to accommodate further development, hence there is a need for a new, modern system.
There is an ambition is to deliver a world-leading Livestock Information Service (LIS), simplifying legislation and allowing the introduction of bovine eID (Electronic Identification).
The proposals within this consultation aim to reduce the administrative burden on livestock keepers and also seeks to encourage cattle keepers to engage with digital registration and movement reporting.
The key areas covered in this consultation are:
“This consultation presents an opportunity to help shape cattle movement regulations alongside the development of a new modern traceability service in England.”
NFU Livestock Board chair Richard Findlay
- Simplifying the regulations and a fairer and more proportionate enforcement system
- Introduction of BeID (Bovine Electronic Identification)
- Changes to holding registers
- Removing passports for cattle fitted with BeID
- Movement reporting – whole movement reporting, options to report movements in advance (pre-notification), voluntary option to provide transportation details
- Changes to allow amendments for late registration of calves
Further detail on the proposals can be found online at: GOV.UK | Changes to Bovine Identification, Registration, and Movement in England
NFU Livestock Board chair Richard Findlay welcomed the consultation as an opportunity to shape cattle movement regulations and gave support to the transition towards BeID, stating that the introduction of new technology will “futureproof the sector” and “deliver accurate recording at the speed of commerce”.
He said: “The existing Cattle Tracing Service operated by BCMS needs to be replaced with a more proportionate and simpler digital service for cattle farmers and the supply chain.
“The NFU will be discussing with members along with the livestock and dairy boards to seek their views over the next eight-weeks.”