412. Cattle databases and identification.

The identification of cattle, and the notification of birth, death and movement of cattle, are the subject of detailed European legislation1, which requires member states to operate systems of tagging bovine animals as means of identification, and to notify such birth, death and movement to a central database. These provisions have been implemented by subordinate legislation in the United Kingdom, relating to:

(1)     the notification of holdings and the issue of herdmarks;

(2)     the identification, tagging and registration of cattle and the issue of cattle passports;

(3)     the notification of movements and death of cattle; and

(4)     the keeping of records2.

Under those regulations,

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