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  Electronic identificationslide

Council Regulation (EC) 21/2004 foresees the gradual introduction of individual traceability based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The following steps have been set:

  • electronic tagging for all animals born after the 31st December 2009; Member States with small populations of sheep and goats may make electronic identification optional for animals not involved in intra-Community trade
  • recording of individual animal codes during movements (individual tracking)
    • from 1st January 2011 for all animals born after 31st December 2009
    • from 1st January 2012 for all animals

A cost anlysis cost anlysisfor electronic identification of small ruminants was carried out by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.



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