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DAFF Cattle Passport Centre Goes Online 19 February 2007

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Cattle Passport Centre has launched its online services for cattle farmers to a pilot group. “I am delighted that Manx cattle farmers are the first to benefit from a complete online service”. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Phil Gawne MHK said. “This is a great use of information technology to help Manx cattle farmers manage their stock and records more efficiently in an increasingly competitive environment.”

This means that cattle keepers with internet access will be able to easily register births and movements of cattle. The farmer will also be able to view their cattle holding at any time and manage their on-farm records simply and securely. It is an excellent opportunity for farmers to use new technology to help reduce the paper burden.

A pilot ‘view-only’ service has been operating since the summer of 2006 and, following testing by a group of farmers, has now expanded into the full data-entry service. Initial feedback has been very positive with farmers commenting on the service’s ‘ease of use’ and ‘convenience’.

The Minister had pleasure in visiting Ballavell Farm, Ballasalla, which belongs to Colin and Helen Duggan. Minister Gawne delivered a cattle passport to Helen Duggan for the first calf to be registered using the online services.

Following the completion of successful testing by the initial trial group the free service will be offered to all cattle keepers.

Notes for Editors:

1. Any persons who keep cattle who are interested in the online services then they should contact the Cattle Passport Centre on 685616 or via email at

2. Cattle keepers are obliged to keep records and notify births, movements and deaths to the DAFF Cattle Passport Centre.

3. The Isle of Man has a computerised Bovine Identification and Traceability System (BITs).

4. The purpose of a cattle passport is to allow the tracing of the animal’s movements throughout its life. This traceability is designed to give consumers confidence in the safety and origin of their food.

5. Putting the Cattle Passport Centre Online is part of the Government’s online initiative.

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