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The British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) is part of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). RPA is an Executive Agency of the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The service is based in Workington, Cumbria and was established to manage the Cattle Tracing System (CTS). BCMS became fully operational on 28 September 1998 and merged with RPA on 1 April 2003.

BCMS is the specialised cattle tracing organisation for Great Britain. Its functions are to:

  • maintain a register of births, deaths and imports of cattle to be used for animal health and subsidy control purposes;
  • issue cattle passports;
  • record where individual cattle are;
  • operate a dedicated Helpline and provide online facilities for delivering its services.

Customers who are not registered with CTS Online can contact BCMS, for details click here.

CTS Online
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CTS Web Services
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Exclamation markPlease note that CTS Web Services is unavailable between 7pm
and 8pm each evening to allow information to be backed up.
CTS Self Service Line
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Page published: 14 April 2014