Regulations

Sheep and Cattle Tagging Regulations                                              

Tagging Sheep in ENGLAND, SCOTLAND and WALES 

Basic Rules

All sheep born or identified on or after 31/12/2009 MUST be identified according to the legislation. All must be identified before 9 months of age (6 months if housed overnight) or before they leave the holding, if sooner.

Any sheep kept beyond 12 months of age must be double identified with one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number. E.g. UK0244220 00001

Any sheep intended for slaughter before 12 months of ages must be identified with a single electronic slaughter tags bearing the flock mark ONLY e.g. UK244220

Electronic tags are YELLOW only and YELLOW tags are not permitted for any other purpose (including management.

RED tags are a designated colour reserved only for replacement tags (bought in animals only) BLACK tags are reserved for use where the animal has an EID bolus. These tag colours are not permitted for any other purpose (including management)

Upgrading a slaughter animal

Sheep on the holding of birth (HOB) Remove the existing tag and replace with you next set of double tags, one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number.

Sheep not on holding of birth (bought in) Animals can only be upgraded if movement history can be tracked back to the holding of birth. Any lambs under 12 months should have been EiD tagged before their 1st movement. The slaughter tag can be removed and replaced with a set of double red replacement tags, one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number.

Replacing lost tags

Sheep on holding of birth (HOB) - Animals born pre 2010 (Historic Flock) it is advised to retag with you next set of double tags, one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number. Remember to update and cross reference in your records.

Animals born after 2010 – retag with either an identical replica tag if original number is known or retag with you next set of double tags, one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number. Remember to update and cross reference in your records.

Sheep not on holding of birth (Bought In) -   Animals born pre 2010 (Historic Flock) it is advised to retag with a set of double red replacement tags one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number. Remember to update and cross reference in your records.

Animals born after 2010 – retag with either an identical replica tag if original number is known or retag with you next set of double red replacement tags, one electronic and one visual tag bearing the same number. Remember to update and cross reference in your records. 

Cattle Tag Regulations

Animals born after 1st January 2000 require a set of tags (2) – one primary and one secondary – printed with a numeric herd number from the holding of birth followed by a check digit and a five digit animal number. E.g. UK666666 123456

Lost tags should be replaced with a replica tag printed with the exact number on the animals passport

These tag regulations apply to Great Britain only.

For regulations applying to animals born prior to January 2000, please refer to the DEFRA website –
www.defra.gov.uk in England and Wales and the SEERAD website – www.scotland.gov.uk/agri in Scotland, or call us for more details on telephone number 0845 600 90 70.

There are no requirements for barcoded tags, however, most exporters will insist on two barcoded tags per animal.


 

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