Ovine & Caprine Animals

Ovine & Caprine Animals


Union rules on the identification of ovine and caprine animals (sheep and goats) are based on the principle of individual traceability and includes the following elements:

  • Double identifiers:

    • 1 electronic identifier: a ruminal bolus or an electronic eartag, and
    • 1 visible identifier: a conventional ear tag, tattoo or mark on the pastern)
  • Maintaining a register on each holding (farm, market, etc.)

  • A movement document for each movement of groups of animals

  • A central register or computerised database of all holdings and movements of batches of animals at national level.

EU countries with populations of less than 600.000 sheep and goats or less than 160.000 goats can make electronic tagging voluntary for animals not entering intra-EU trade. However, this does not exempt them from individual traceability and applying two conventional ear tags.

An annual report on inspections and functioning of the system in accordance with Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 1505/2006 is to be submitted to the Commission by each EU country electronically on the following address: SANTE-ID-REPORTS@ec.europa.eu


Basic regulation: Regulation (EC) 21/2004
Control measures: Regulation (EC) 1505/2006
Guidelines for the approval of electronic identifiers: Decision 2006/968/EC

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