From now on, breeders should notify the Society of every birth irrespective of sex, markings and whether or not there is any intention of registering the animal for pedigree purposes.
Notification can be done either by means of special forms which will be sent out, or via the internet, and should be done before the calf is two months old. There is no need to sketch the animal. A fee of £5 per head now applies however this will be deducted from any registration fees if the animal is subsequently registered as pedigree. Still births and neo-natal deaths should still be notified, but will not be charged for. The purpose of birth notification is to provide breeders with evidence of their cattle’s status for claiming environmental payments, T.B. compensation and labelling their own meat for direct selling. It also assists the Society in determining the numbers of Belties in Britain and Ireland.