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A newly extended telephone service to avoid delays in the movement of cattle and help keep the food supply chain moving smoothly, has been set up by Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA.

The DAERA Cattle Registration Telephony line currently facilities the notification of bovine births, deaths and market to farm confirmations. However, from today farmers who would normally register the movement of an animal in paper format with DAERA Direct offices, will be able to register this activity by telephone.

“Availability of food is critical and a strategic priority for the Executive. At present abattoirs cannot process an animal unless it is properly registered to that farmer’s herd,” the Minister explained.

“Any delays in either registering the birth of an animal or their movement from one farmer to another could potentially disrupt trade and the food supply chain. So this new telephone facility will help avoid that,” he added.

If farmers are already registered to use DAERA’s APHIS online system they should continue to use this to notify all cattle births, deaths and movements.

The Cattle Registration Telephone line can be accessed on 0300 200 7855 and is operational Monday to Friday from 9.00am-5.00pm.