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  Identification of Ovine and Caprine Animals (sheep and goats)slide

Community rules on the identification of sheep and goats were mainly reinforced after the experience gained with Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in 2001. The system, which was adopted in December 2003 and entered into force in July 2005 is based on the principle of individual traceability and includes the following elements:

  • double identification before six months of age - two eartags or one eartag and a tattoo, mark on the pastern or electronic identifier
  • maintaining an up-to-date register on each holding;
  • a movement document for each movement of groups of animals;
  • a central register of all holdings or computer database at national level.

Following the Report from the Commission COM(2007)711 electronic identification will be obligatory.

An annual report in accordance with Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 1505/2006 is to be submitted to the Commission by each Member State electronically on the following address:



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