Livestock Record Keeping
If you keep sheep, goats, cattle or pigs then you are required to keep certain records and report certain information.
Movements on to a holding from another holding will trigger a ‘standstill’ where you cannot move any livestock off that holding within 6 days. This applies to sheep, cattle and goats; the standstill is 36 days for pigs.
For cattle, sheep and goats, you are required to keep a register of all of the animals on your holding, and maintain records including movements, births, deaths, tagging and medicine records,
You also have to report certain information including:
- Movements to and from your holding report to ARAMs
- Annual inventory of sheep and goats on your holding as of 1st December each year
- Movements to and from your holding report to BCMS
- Report deaths within 7 days
- Report births within 27 days
If you have more than one holding or regularly move stock between rented ground then separate records may need to be maintained for each holding.
Holding numbers (CPH numbers) can now include land up to 10 miles away from your place of business for the purposes of cattle and sheep movements, and rented ground within 10 miles can also now be temporarily associated with your main holding.
We can help you to understand how the rules relate to your business and get you set up with record keeping templates to make life easier; please contact us if you’d like any more information.