Consultation on the simplification of livestock movement rules and holding identifiers in England

Defra has been seeking views from farmers and other interested parties on a package of proposals for the simplification of livestock movement rules and holding identifiers in England. It was also seeking views on sheep and goat recording and reporting arrangements to replace the transitional arrangements introduced on 1 January 2010. Over time the livestock movements and tracing regime in England has grown steadily more complex as it has been adapted to take account of Community law and amended in response to a number of disease outbreaks. The Review of Livestock Movements Controls carried out in 2006 highlighted the need for simplification of procedures and for improvements to the County Parish Holding (CPH) number system by which farms are identified. These proposals seek to address these issues whilst maintaining robust systems for livestock traceability and disease control.

The Federation's response to the consultation is available to download below.