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Cattle Identification (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Cattle Identification (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 and shall come into operation on 1 January 2013.

Amendment to the Cattle Identification (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

2.—(1) The Cattle Identification (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998(1) are amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2) In regulation 2 (Interpretation), in paragraph (1), in the definition of “the Commission Regulation”, for “2629/97”, substitute “911/2004(2)”.

(3) In regulation 4 (Form of eartags)—

(a)omit paragraph (1); and

(b)renumber paragraphs (2) and (3) as numbers (1) and (2) accordingly.

(4) In regulation 9 (Imports from third countries), after paragraph (2), insert—

(3) The person responsible for attaching eartags to the animal in accordance with paragraph (1) shall notify the Department of the original eartag and the new eartag numbers of an animal imported from a country outside the European Union within 15 days from the date that the animal must be tagged..

(5) In regulation 12 (Slaughterhouses)—

(a)for paragraph (3), substitute—

(3) The operator of a slaughterhouse shall destroy, in a secure manner which prevents reuse, all eartags on the animals or carcases entering their premises..

(b)after paragraph (3), insert—

(3A) Paragraph (3) shall not apply when the Department requests the operator of the slaughterhouse to remove the eartags from each animal or carcase at the slaughterhouse and keep the eartags in a secure place and surrender them to the Department on request..

(c)for paragraph (5), substitute—

(5) The Department may authorise in writing the operator of an establishment or plant that is registered or approved under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011(3) to remove any eartag from any carcase in their possession, and upon being so authorised that person shall—

(a)destroy, in a secure manner which prevents reuse, all tags on animals or carcases entering their premises; or

(b)when requested by the Department, remove the eartags from any such carcase, keep them in a secure place and surrender them to the Department on request..

Amendment to the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

3.—(1) The Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(4) are amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2) In regulation 2 (Interpretation), in paragraph (2), in the definition of “the Commission Regulation” for “2629/97”, substitute “911/2004(5)”.

(3) In regulation 4 (Address for notification) omit the words “personally” and “of the Department”.

(4) In regulation 6, (Notification of birth)—

(a)in paragraph (1), for “Article 6.3”, substitute “Article 9”;

(b)in paragraph (3), for “the keeper who sent it”, substitute “the person who completed it”.

(5) In regulation 7 (Notification of movement)—

(a)in paragraph (2), for “Article 6.3 of the Commission Regulation”, substitute “Article 7.1 of the Council Regulation”;

(b)in paragraph (2)(a), for “sent to the Department on the day”, substitute “delivered to the Department within 7 days”; and

(c)in paragraph (3), for “the keeper who sent it”, substitute “the person who completed it”.

(6) After regulation 7 insert—

Lost or stolen cattle

7A.(1) Subject to regulation 9, if an animal is lost or stolen, the keeper shall send written notification of this to the Department within 7 days of becoming aware of the fact, together with written details of what has occurred, and failure to do so is an offence..

(7) In regulation 8 (Notification of death), in paragraph (1), omit the words “and Article 6.3 of the Commission Regulation”, and “in accordance with Article 6.4 of the Council Regulation”.

(8) In regulation 9 (Electronic notification of movement)—

(a)in the title, after “movement”, insert “and lost or stolen animals”;

(b)in paragraph (1), after “7”, insert “, or to report a lost or stolen animal in accordance with regulation 7A,”; and

(c)in paragraph (3)—

(i)after “movement of any”, insert “, or report any lost or stolen”;

(ii)omit the words “in relation to that movement”; and

(iii)for “regulation 7”, insert “regulations 7 or 7A as the case may be”.

Amendment to the Cattle Passport Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

4.—(1) The Cattle Passport Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(6) are amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2) In regulation 2 (Interpretation and application), in paragraph (2), in the definition of “cattle passport”, for “2629/97”, substitute “911/2004(7)”, and for “820/97” substitute “1760/2000(8)”.

(3) In regulation 5 (Consignment of animals out of Northern Ireland), in sub-paragraph 5(b), for “2629/97”, substitute “911/2004”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 21st November 2012

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C McMaster

A senior officer of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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