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9. Herd register

Herd registers are an important requirement for all cattle keepers. You must keep your register up to date and available to authorised inspectors when requested. Failure to provide this can result in penalties being applied or you could also face prosecution.

We recommend using the cattle herd register booklet.

If you’re satisfied with your electronic register or an equivalent register, please continue to use this if you wish.

Please make sure that your register records the information found in our register template. These are:

  • 1 - ear tag
  • 2 - date of birth
  • 4 - breed
  • 5 - sex
  • 6 - dam’s (and surrogate dam’s) ear-tag number (sire is optional)
  • 7 - date of movement
  • 8 - departure holding or CPH
  • 9 - date of movement or death
  • 10 - destination holding or CPH

Please keep your register in a safe place and if you have an electronic register please make sure to create a back up version.

It is not a requirement to keep both a paper register and an electronic register. Either one is satisfactory.

The reporting requirements for your herd register are:

  • Births
    • 7 days – Dairy
    • 30 days – Beef
  • Movements – 36 hours
  • Deaths – 7 days

It is required that you keep your register for 10 years following the last date that was entered in your register.

For more information

Welsh Government Cattle Movements and Registration


Rural Payments Wales:

Contact Centre: 0300 062 5004



Animal Plant Health Agency,
Animal Health Divisional Office,
Victoria Docks,

LL55 1EP

Telephone: 0300 303 8268



British Cattle Movement Service
Curwen Road,

CA14 2DD

Telephone: 0345 050 3456