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

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PART IIEARTAGS

Approval of eartags

4.  An approved eartag is an eartag bearing—

(a)the indicator “UK 9”;

(b)the flock number or herd number of the flock or herd the animal is leaving; and

(c)a unique number allocated to the animal by the keeper from the sequence allocated to him by the Department, which is unique in that flock or herd and contains no more than 6 digits.

Design of eartags

5.—(1) All eartags, including replacement eartags, shall be of a design approved by the Department.

(2) All eartags shall be manufactured, sold or supplied in accordance with an authorisation issued by the Department.

(3) The manufacturer shall print on the eartags all the information required by this Order and the Council Regulation.

(4) A person shall not manufacture, sell or supply an eartag for the purpose of identifying an animal, other than a sheep or goat, that is not readily distinguishable by its difference in size and colour from an approved eartag for the identification of animals under the provisions of this Order.

(5) A person shall not manufacture, sell or supply an eartag with a herd or flock number allocated by the Department to any other person for the purposes of identifying animals on any other holding.

(6) The Department may only approve an eartag under paragraph (1) if it is satisfied that the eartag is—

(a)made of non-degradeable material;

(b)tamper-proof;

(c)easy to read throughout the animal’s lifetime;

(d)designed to remain attached to the animal without being harmful to it;

(e)incapable of re-use; and

(f)permanently marked with the information required by this Order.

Additional information

6.—(1) In accordance with Section A.2 of the Annex to the Council Regulation, a manufacturer of eartags may add additional information to the identification number at the request of the keeper ordering the tags, provided that this information is printed on the inner side of the tag.

(2) In accordance with Section A.2 of the Annex to the Council Regulation, a manufacturer of electronic transponders may add additional information to the identification number on the casing of the transponder at the request of the keeper, provided that the identification number remains legible at all times.

(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), a person shall not add further information to any means of identification unless authorised by the Department to do so.

Identification number

7.—(1) In the case of an animal born on or after 9th July 2005, all references in this Order to the “identification number” of an animal are references to the number on the eartag applied to the animal in accordance with—

(a)Article 4(2)(a) of the Council Regulation and Article 9(2), in the case of animals born in Northern Ireland; or

(b)Article 4(4) of the Council Regulation and Article 12(3), in the case of animals imported into Northern Ireland from a third country.

(2) In the case of an animal born on or before 8th July 2005, all references in this Order to the “identification number” of an animal are references to—

(a)the individual animal identification number applied to an animal in accordance with the Identification and Movement of Sheep and Goats Order (Northern Ireland) 2004; or

(b)if the animal is not so identified, the number on the eartag applied in accordance with Article 8.

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