Farm Animals

Cattle Identification Regulations 2007Cattle
Cattle born after 1st January 1998 must have a Defra approved ear tag in each ear (double tagging). The tag in each ear must have the same unique number. Such animals will be identified throughout their lifetime by this unique number.

Animals born or imported into Great Britain before 1st January 1998 may continue to be identified by a single tag. Cattle after 1st July 2000 must be identified by all numeric tags.

Cattle identification and trace ability is an integral part of maintaining consumer confidence in British beef. In the event of any disease found in cattle, it is important that movements can be easily traced from birth to death.

To ensure trace ability is achieved, cattle are required to be correctly identified in accordance with current legislation and issued with a corresponding passport. Movements must be notified to the British cattle Movement Service (BCMS) in Workington, within 3 days, and recorded on a central database (CTS). The passport must go with the animal at all times to its destination. BCMS can be contacted on 0845 0501234

Goats / Sheep

The Sheep and Goats Records Identification and Movement (England) Order 2009 Sheep

All sheep (including goats) on their holding of birth must be identified with an ear tag or tattoo before they are 12 months old or before they are moved off their holding of birth,even if moving to slaughter.

The holding of birth tag must have:

  • UK followed by the flock or herd number (obtained from Defra) and contain an individual identification number. A tattoo does not have to say UK.This rule also applies even if you only keep 1 or 2 animals (ie pets)
  • It is recommended to place the holding of birth tag in the left ear. Goat
  • Before any animals are moved from a holding they were not born on, you must mark them with an ear tag or tattoo with an S mark tag(or an F mark if imported).S mark tags / tattoos must say S plus the flock / herd mark of the holding you are moving them from, and may contain an individual identification number. It is recommended to place S tags in the right ear.
  • R mark tags (red), is a replacement tag applied when the holding of birth tag or the F mark tag has been lost.


To ensure traceability is achieved sheep / goats are required to be correctly identified in accordance with current legislation, all sheep / goat and deer movements should be accompanied with a completed standard movement document (AML1), and the relevant part of it must be sent to the local authority of destination within 3 days, in all cases, by the person taking delivery of the animals.
For further details see the link to the Defra website on the left.

Horses
The Horse Passport Regulations 2009
The Control of Horses Act 2015

All horses owners need to obtain a passport for each horse they own. This includes ponies, donkeys, and other equidae. Foals and adults horses identified after 31 July 2009 must be implanted with a microchip prior to passport applications being made for them. Horses cannot be moved without their passports except in special circumstances e.g where owners take their horses on a short hack/ride.Goat


To ensure traceability is achieved horses are required to be correctly identified in accordance with current legislation, all horse movements should be accompanied with a valid horse passport from 28/02/2005 when:

  • Moved in or out of Great Britain
  • Moved to other premises for competition purposes
  • Moved to premises of new keeper
  • Moved to slaughterhouse for slaughter
  • Moved for purpose of sale
  • Moved to a new premise for breeding purposes



Pigs
The Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 2011

New PRIMO (Pig, Records, Identification and movement order) rules came into affect from 1st October 2011, to improve the identification of older pigs and pigs moving to slaughter.
The new rules are as follows:
  • All pigs under 1 year of age moving direct to slaughter, and all pigs over 1 year of age moving to any destination are to be identified with a slap mark on each shoulder area of the pig.
  • The slap mark must be the herd mark allocated by Defra. There are no specifications on the size of the slap mark, but it must be legible.
  • The alternative to slap marking is to identify pigs with an ear tag or tattoo containing the Defra herd mark
  • Pigs going to slaughter must have a heat resistant ear tag. It is recommended to apply metal tags, then pigs will not require remarking.
  • Movements between holdings in the case of pigs under 1 year may continue using temporary paintwork which must last at least until the pig reaches its destination. Pigs

To ensure trace ability is achieved pigs are required to be correctly identified in accordance with current legislation, all pig movements (but not for walking of pet pigs) should be accompanied with a completed standard movement document (AML2), and the relevant part of it must be forwarded to the MLCSL (Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd) Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CU8 2TL.
Or contact the helpline 08443358400 to book pig movement in advance of the move.
Register via email: eaml2@bpex.aldb.org.uk
This must be undertaken by the pig owner or by the person taking delivery of the animals.





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