The Cattle Identification (Wales) Regulations 2007
Cattle born after 1 January 1998 must have a DEFRA approved ear tag in each ear (double tagging). The tag in each ear must have the same unique number. This unique number will identify such animals throughout their lifetime. Animals born or imported into Great Britain before 1 January 1998 may continue to be identified by a single tag. Cattle born after 1 July 2000 must be identified by all numeric tags.
Cattle identification and trace ability is an integral part of maintaining consumer confidence in British beef. In the event of any disease found in cattle, it is important that movements can be easily traced from birth to death.
To ensure trace ability is achieved, cattle are required to be correctly identified in accordance with current legislation and issued with a corresponding passport. Movements must be notified to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) in Workington, within 3 days, and recorded on a central database (CTS). The passport must go with the animal at all times to its destination.
A full and comprehensive guide on the rules for identifying, registering and keeping cattle is contained in the BCMS Cattle Keepers' Handbook. The BCMS also operates a dedicated helpline to deal with all queries.