Sheep and Goats Identification and Movement (Interim Measures) (England) Order

Applies to England

Title: Sheep and Goats Identification and Movement (Interim Measures) (England) Order / The Sheep and Goats Identification and Movement (Interim Measures) (England) (No.2) Order 2002

Category: England

Date: 2002

Reference: 2002/240 [Full text] & 2002/2153 plus amendments [Full Text]

General Description:

The Sheep and Goats Identification and Movement (Interim Measures) (England) Order replaced the Sheep and Goats Identification (England) Order 2000, and has now itself been revoked but replaced by the Sheep and Goats Identification and Movement (Interim Measures) (England) (No.2) Order 2002 and its amendments summarised below.

This Order requires a person keeping sheep or goats to notify the Minister and to keep records of the movements and other details of sheep and goats.

Sheep and goats born in England must be marked with an Origin Mark and the moving of animals from their holding of birth without an Origin Mark is an offense. The Regulations prohibit various general movements of sheep or goats unless they are marked with specified identification marks.

A maximum 3 identification marks will be applied to a sheep or goat in most cases. Article 11 requires a sheep or goat imported from outside the European Union to be marked with an F Mark within 30 days. All movements must be accompanied by specified information.

Articles 13 to 15 provide for the removal, replacement and addition of the ear tags and tattoos, and prohibits their defacement. Article 16 requires production of records to an inspector and Article 17 provides for local authorities to enforce the provisions of this Order. Breach of any provision of this Order is an offence under Section 73 of the Animal Health Act 1981 and is punishable on conviction with a fine.

It also requires a keeper that receives new animals, to notify this fact to the local authority (Article 12); and  requires keepers to replace lost S Marks provided the detail of the original is known to the keeper (Article 13).

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

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