Animal husbandry; application for a holding number

In order to ensure clear identification, all holdings subject to compulsory registration must be allocated a twelve-digit registration number by the competent Office for Food, Agriculture and Forestry.


For clear identification and registration, a 12-digit farm number (= registration number according to the Livestock Traffic Ordinance) must have been assigned to a farm. This enables an allocation of the reports submitted in the Hi-Tier database to a farm and is required, among other things, for the application for an equine passport.

The 12-digit farm number is structured according to the statistical municipality key: 2 digits federal state, 1 digit administrative district, 2 digits county, 3 digits municipality, 4 digits serial number, e.g. 05 123 456 7890. Optionally, the country key for Germany (276) can be prefixed, e.g. 276 05 176 148 9876.

The Offices for Food, Agriculture and Forestry are responsible for assigning farm numbers and for recording and changing address data. They also assign the appropriate farm type to the registration number.

Required documents

  • Identity card or passport (copy)
  • Copy of the certificate of incorporation, if applicable
  • lease/purchase agreement, if applicable


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zuteilung einer Betriebsnummer
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


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Status: 07.12.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten

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