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Identification & Registration

Whether you keep one 'farm' animal as a pet or a commercial herd/flock you need to be registered with Defra.  If you already keep sheep, goats or pigs and have not registered you must do so immediately.

 

Before moving livestock to your holding you need a County Parish Holding (CPH) number for the land where the livestock will be kept.  The CPH is a nine digit number; the first 2 digits relate to the county, the next 3 relate to the parish and the last 4 digits are a unique number to the keeper, e.g. 12/345/6789. To apply for a CPH you need to contact the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on 0845 6037777.  Once you have your CPH you can move the livestock to your holding under a General Licence.

 

The next step is to register your livestock with Defra.  You need to contact your Local Animal Health Divisional Office (AHDO).

 

You will be asked for your CPH as a reference and will be able to register your livestock over the phone.  If your correspondence address is different from the herd/flock location, inform the AHDO and confirm they have the correct details.

 

When your livestock are registered, a flock/herd mark will automatically be created.  Herdmarks for pigs are one or two letters followed by four digits, e.g. AB1234 or A1234.  Flock/herd marks for sheep and goats are six digits, e.g. 123456.  The Defra herdmark provides a quick and effective means of identifying premises from which livestock have moved. It is unique, kept on a single database and available to inspectors for rapid tracing.  The AHDO will send you a registration document which will contain your personal details, CPH and flock/herd mark.

 

If any of your details change, you must tell your AHDO within one month of the change.

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