If you keep cattle, sheep, pigs, goats or more than 50 poultry then you must, by law, register with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
[The number relates to County (C) / Parish (P) / individual holding (H)]
This number will be required when completing movement records, movement documents and in official correspondence with Defra.
To register your holding for cattle, sheep, pigs and goats please contact:-
The Rural Payments Agency
Customer Service Centre
PO Box 1058
Newcastle upon Tyne
You will also need to contact the South West Animal Health Office:-
Gloucester Animal Health Office
Saw Mills End
Telephone: 01392 266373
Fax: 01452 627483
Nightline: 07000 780143
who will issue you a Herd Mark or Flock number, depending on the species of animals kept. There is no charge for these registrations.
To register your holding for flocks of 50 or more poultry please contact:-
Telephone: 0800 634 1112