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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

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Registration, identification and movement of cattle

​Cattle keeper registration

If you keep cattle you must register as a keeper, ensure that all your animals are correctly identified at all times and comply with movement requirements.

Your keeper application will be processed by the Jersey Cattle Movement Service (JCMS) who will also issue holding numbers, issue registers and obtain ear tags.  A fee may be charged by the JCMS for registration.

A copy of all your data details will be held by the Department of the Environment.

Keepers application form


  • all cattle have to be double tagged with a tag in each ear. The first ear tag must be applied within 36 hours of its birth and the second ear tag within 20 days of birth. Both ear tags must be applied before it is moved off the holding
  • on discovery of a missing ear tag the keeper must replace the ear tag, bearing the same number, within 28 days of the discovery
  • you should order ear tags as needed from JCMS.The ear tags show the letters 'UK' followed by a 6 digit number unique to your holding premises and an individual number (6 digits)


  • before moving to another holding an animal must be correctly identified with a tag in each ear
  • the person receiving the animal must have a holding number
  • the movement must be recorded in the register with in 36 hours and the JCMS informed of the movement with in 7 days


  • to help you meet the requirement to complete a register the JCMS will provide you with a register
  • in the register, the keeper must record the birth and death of every animal within 7 days of the event and the movement of animals to another holding within 36 hours of the event
  • a keeper must report the birth of an animal within 7 days to the JCMS. The JCMS will provide a registration card for the keeper to record the details required.  The JCMS will issue a registration certificate for the calf. This certificate is a legal document and must be kept safe 
  • a keeper must return the registration certificate when an animal dies within 7 days to the JCMS. The keeper will need to complete the reverse of the certificate
  • if a registration certificate is lost, stolen or destroyed the keeper of the animal must notify the JCMS within 14 days of becoming aware of the fact
  • the Environment Department is obliged to carry out on-the-spot inspections

Farm cattle register to record notifiable events

Cattle testing programme

Many years of evidence show Jersey's cattle population is free from bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis and EBL.  The current testing programme is already underway.

Cattle testing programme

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