Reducing information requirements for the holding register of keepers of bovine animals in England

Closed 31 Oct 2014

Opened 20 Aug 2014

Results updated 28 Jan 2015

Consultation on the proposed change to the Cattle Identification Regulations 2007 in England - Summary of responses and Government response



This consultation is about a proposal to remove the requirement for keepers of bovine animals (cattle, bison and buffalo) in England to record the identification number of the dam (mother) in their holding register when they buy in or bring cattle on to their holding. 

Breeders will still have to record in their holding register the identification of the dam for calves born on their holding.

The proposal is part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge to reduce the regulatory burden to the farming industry.

Why your views matter

We wish to hear views from interested parties on this proposal. All interested parties should please respond and are encouraged to use an online survey link to answer specific questions posed in our consultation document. Views from keepers of bovine animals are particularly encouraged.

There is a link to the consultation documents below.

We will be reviewing the responses to the consultation and a summary of responses will be published in due course.


  • Food Business Operators
  • Vets
  • Operators of animal gatherings
  • Abattoir Operator
  • Livestock show ground operators
  • Local Authorities
  • Farmers
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Trading Standards Officers


  • Dairy industry
  • Cattle
  • Livestock identification and movement
  • Livestock disease control