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Notice to stakeholders - Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of breeding of animals (zootechnics)

Satisfactory results in animal breeding depend to a large extent on the use of domestic animals of high genetic quality. The Union's zootechnical legislation aims at the promotion of free trade in breeding animals and their genetic material considering the sustainability of breeding programs and preservation of genetic resources.

The basic aim of...

  • free trade in breeding animals and their genetic material
  • legal right for entry in a breeding book (herd-book, flock book, studbook) of the same breed

... is reached by harmonised rules on:

  • recognition of breeders' associations and breeding organisations
  • entry of purebred breeding animals in breeding books
  • issuing of pedigree certificates
  • carrying out performance testing and genetic evaluation
  • acceptance for breeding

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Further information

Information submitted by EU countries, Norway and Switzerland

Competent authorities performing official controls, recognised breed societies and breeding operations, approved breeding programmes and equine competitions.


The Animal Breeding Regulation provides a single legal framework for the rules applicable to the breeding, trade and entry into the Union of breeding animals of the bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine and equine species and their germinal products.

Non-EU countries information

Lists of breeding bodies as communicated to the European Commission by Non-EU countries.