A number of local marts are now providing information on cattle residencies for individual cattle at the point of sale, but have indicated that they have increased buyer commission on cattle from £2 per head to £4 per head to cover the increased administration cost.

With no immediate prospect of an upgrade to APHIS that would allow this information to be easily accessed by the marts, those who are providing the information have no option but to go through individual animal records. It is a significant logistical task.