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

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Notification of a holding

3.—(1) A person who keeps an animal on a holding shall comply with Article 7(2) of the Council Regulation and this Article.

(2) Subject to paragraph (6), a person who keeps an animal on a holding shall give notice to the Department containing particulars of—

(a)the address of the holding;

(b)the name and address of the owner, and, if different the occupier of the holding;

(c)the name and address of the keeper of the animal;

(d)any numbers or codes used to identify animals on the holding;

(e)any cattle or pigs on the holding; and

(f)in relation to—

(i)cattle on the holding, any unique identification code allocated under regulation 3(1)(b) of the Cattle Identification (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998(1); and

(ii)pigs on the holding, a holding number allocated under paragraph 3(3) of the Schedule to the Aujeszky’s Disease Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 1994(2).

(3) In the case of a holding used for keeping animals on the date this Order comes into operation the notice required by paragraph (2) shall be given within 7 days of that date and in any other case shall be given within 7 days of the holding first being used to keep animals.

(4) On receiving notification under paragraph (2), the Department may allocate to the keeper, a holding number and, in the case of sheep, a flock number or, in the case of goats, a herd number.

(5) Where in relation to a holding to which paragraph (1) applies—

(a)there is a change in the identity of the person keeping animals on the holding or in any other details notified under this Article;

(b)all the animals on the holding are slaughtered, sold or otherwise disposed of,

the keeper shall notify the Department accordingly within 30 days of such change or disposal of animals.

(6) A notification made to the Department under Article 3 (1) of the Identification and Movement of Sheep and Goats Order (Northern Ireland) 2004 shall, notwithstanding the revocation of that Order, be regarded as a notification for the purpose of paragraph (2).

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