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

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1.—(1) Where an animal is moved from its holding of birth (other than a market) to another holding in Northern Ireland it must be identified with a green approved eartag in its left ear (“the natal tag”).

(2) Where an animal which has previously been kept on a holding is moved to a second holding the keeper of that animal shall attach a further green approved eartag to the animal’s right ear within 12 months of residence on the second holding or before it leaves that holding, whichever is the earlier.

(3) Where an animal that is already marked with any 2 eartags applied under this Order or the Council Regulation is moved to any subsequent holding the keeper—

(a)shall record the flock number or herd number of the holding from which the animals were transferred; and

(b)shall not attach a further approved eartag to the animal except in accordance with Article 22(1) or with the permission of the Department.

(4) Where the keeper of an animal discovers that the characters on an eartag attached to an animal have become illegible or that an eartag has been lost he shall, within 24 hours after the discovery,—

(a)where an animal loses its natal tag on its holding of birth, replace the natal tag with an approved eartag bearing the next unused eartag number in the sequence allocated to that holding;

(b)where an animal has lost an eartag, other than a natal tag, replace it with a green approved eartag in accordance with paragraph (2);

(c)where an animal has lost all its eartags, attach an orange approved eartag to the left ear.

(5) A person shall not move an animal from a holding for consignment from Northern Ireland if it is marked with an—

(a)orange eartag applied under paragraph (4)(c) or under the Identification and Movement of Sheep and Goats Order (Northern Ireland) 2004; or

(b)eartag or tattoo with the letter “R” indicating that it is a replacement eartag or tattoo applied in accordance with equivalent legislation in Great Britain.

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