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The Sheep and Goats (Records, Identification and Movement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005

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Slaughterhouse operators

23.  The owner or person in charge of a slaughterhouse shall—

(a)take reasonable steps to satisfy himself of the place of origin and movement history of any animal presented for slaughter;

(b)ensure that an animal is not accepted for slaughter or slaughtered unless it is identified in accordance with this Order;

(c)with the exception of those animals in the category specified at paragraph (e), ensure that an animal is not accepted for slaughter unless it is accompanied by a valid copy of a movement document in accordance with Article 19;

(d)endorse the movement document relating to the animal with the name and address of the owner or person in charge of the slaughterhouse and such further information as the Department may specify on the movement document;

(e)in the case of an animal not originating from a holding in Northern Ireland but moving directly to the slaughterhouse from the point of import, ensure—

(i)that it is accompanied by the original veterinary health certificate from the country/region of origin or a copy of the same endorsed by an inspector;

(ii)that the certificate described at sub-paragraph (i) is surrendered to an inspector at the slaughterhouse at the earliest opportunity after arrival of the animal; and

(iii)that the veterinary health certificate described at sub-paragraph (i) is endorsed in a manner specified by the Department upon acceptance of an animal for slaughter, ensuring that every detail specified by the Department in respect of an imported animal has been recorded on the document;

(f)retain a copy of the veterinary health certificate referred to in (e) or the completed movement document referred to in (d) for a period of 3 years following the end of the month in which the document was received;

(g)remove all eartags from each animal and keep them in a secure place and surrender them to the Department on request;

(h)provide such information or returns, as the Department shall determine, in respect of the movement of an animal into the slaughterhouse.

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