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Identification of Ovine and Caprine Animals (sheep and goats)

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:

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