Sheep and Goats Identification (Scotland) Regulations (as amended)

Applies to Scotland

Title: Sheep and Goats Identification (Scotland) Regulations (as amended)

Category: Scotland Regulations

Date: 2000 (amended 2002)

Reference: SSI 2000/418 [Full text] (2002/39 [Full text], 2002/531 [Full text])

General Description:

These Regulations make provisions for records concerning sheep and goats and for the marking of sheep and goats.

The Regulations require a person, who keeps sheep and goats and who has not given notification before, to notify the Scottish Ministers, and the Scottish Ministers allocate to keepers a flockmark in case of sheep and a herdmark in case of goats.

The Regulations require anyone keeping sheep or goats to keep movement records. Sheepmeat producers who are granted premium under Council Regulation 3493/90/EEC laying down general rules for the grant of premium to sheepmeat and goatmeat producers are required to keep additional records relating to specified events.

The Regulations make provision for marking sheep and goats either by an eartag or by a tattoo. Subject to certain exceptions and transitional provisions, marking is required for all sheep and goats born or first moved off the holding of birth after the coming into force of the Regulations, and for all sheep and goats imported into Scotland from outside the European Union.

The Regulations prohibit bringing sheep or goats into Scotland from another Member State or from another part of the British Islands, unless they are marked in accordance with the legislation in force in those places. They also require marking sheep and goats when they are consigned to a destination outside Great Britain. They provide for marking sheep or goats with a temporary mark when moved to a destination within Great Britain and provide for documentation to be carried during such movements, both subject to certain exceptions.

The Regulations contain detailed rules about eartags and tattoos and make provision for replacement and removal of eartags and tattoos, the alteration of eartags and tattoos, and the application of additional eartags and tattoos.

The Regulations deal with powers of inspectors, offences, penalties and prosecution).

The 2002 amendments, amend the marking requirements in relation to sheep and goats born on holdings in Scotland, sheep and goats moved from holdings in Scotland, sheep and goats imported to holdings in Scotland and subsequently moved, and where tags applied in accordance with such markings are replaced, to require that an individual number is inserted into the mark so applied. They also add a new S-mark for unmarked movement from holdings in Scotland, however such a mark is not to be applied where a mark has been applied for the purposes of foot-and-mouth disease tagging. They then amend the records requirements in relation to sheep and goats to provide that the details including the individual numbers may be recorded by keepers of sheep or goats, and must be recorded in certain circumstances. The regulations permitting temporary marks, and documentation requirements, are amended accordingly.

The notification of movements of sheep and goats to the Scottish Ministers is required by the occupier of the holding of destination and the operator of an abattoir under certain circumstances within 3 days of the arrival of those sheep and goats. The Regulations remove the exemption from the documentation requirements for movements between holdings occupied by the same persons where those holdings are not contiguous, and adds tattooing to those exemptions.

They also restrict the circumstances where a sheep or goat mark may be replaced.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Sheep, Goats, Identification, Tagging, Livestock Movement

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