Cattle birth and death notifications (MC1)

Advice and guidance in relation to completing cattle birth and death notifications.

When completing birth and death notifications always:

Send your calf birth notifications (by APHIS Online services, the dedicated telephony line or MC1) in good time so they arrive with DAERA within 27 days of the birth of the oldest calf on the notification. Calves whose birth is notified later than 27 days after the date of birth will have an NNO status applied to the animal. This will prevent the movement of this animal to markets or other herds. Calves notified by MC1 can take up to 5 working days to be registered on APHIS.

Notify the death of an animal in your herd (by APHIS Online services or MC1). This notification must be made within seven days of the death of the animal to avoid potential cross compliance penalties. Rendering plants, incinerator operators, hunt kennels or veterinary labs cannot do this for you, even though rendering plants may move the animal out of your herd on APHIS.

Tag and notify the birth/death of aborted, stillborn, or euthanased calves (by APHIS Online services or MC1) so that Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) results can be processed for them. (All of these animals must be tested for BVD in the same way as living calves). Remember also to enter these animals in your herd register!

N.B.  Aborted or stillborn calves or calves which die within 24 hours of birth should, in addition, be reported to your local DAERA office by telephone or in person, within 24 hours, so that their dams can be tested for Brucellosis.

When completing birth and death notifications never:

Leave your calf birth notifications (by APHIS Online services or MC1) to the last minute and so risk postal delays, public holidays, telephony or computer problems causing you to miss the 27 day deadline.

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