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The Sheep and Goats (Records, Identification and Movement) (Scotland) Order 2009

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PART 2Application of identification

Identification applied on or after 31st December 2009

5.—(1) The keeper of—

(a)an animal born on or after 31st December 2009; or

(b)an animal born before 31st December 2009 which does not bear a means of identification applied under any of the previous United Kingdom Orders or Regulations,

must comply with Article 4(1) (first paragraph) and (2)(a) and (b) and Article 9(3) of the Council Regulation and this article unless the alternative identification method set out in article 6 is used.

(2) No animal may be identified by the use of a bolus in combination with a tattoo.

(3) The period determined for the purposes of Article 4(1) of the Council Regulation is—

(a)9 months from its date of birth, in the case of an animal kept in extensive or free range farming conditions; or

(b)6 months from its date of birth, in the case of any other animal.

(4) The individual identification code for the purposes of Section A.2 of the Annex is the following information in the following order—

(a)the letters “UK”, or, on an electronic identification device, the number “0826”; and

(b)a 12 digit number approved by the Scottish Ministers,

which must be identical on the first and second means of identification.

Alternative method of identification for animals intended for slaughter before the age of 12 months

6.  In accordance with Article 4(3) of the Council Regulation, the keeper of an animal intended for slaughter before the age of 12 months and not intended for export may apply to the animal the alternative method of identification in Section A.7 of the Annex.

Identification for animals no longer intended for slaughter before the age of 12 months

7.—(1) The keeper of an animal to which the alternative method of identification is applied under article 6 which—

(a)is not slaughtered before the age of 12 months; or

(b)is to be consigned for export before the age of 12 months,

must be identified in accordance with points 1 to 4 of Section A of the Annex.

(2) The keeper may re-identify an animal identified under article 6 only if—

(a)the animal is on its holding of birth;

(b)the animal has moved to its present holding directly from its holding of birth or from its holding of birth via a market; or

(c)the keeper has a complete record of all the animal’s movements.

(3) In the case of an animal not slaughtered before the age of 12 months, the second means of identification must be applied when the animal reaches the age of 12 months.

(4) In the case of an animal to be consigned for export before the age of 12 months, the second means of identification must be applied before the animal leaves the holding from which it is consigned for export.

Animals identified before 31st December 2009

8.  The keeper of an animal which bears a means of identification applied before 31st December 2009 which does not contain an individual identification code or unique number must apply to the animal before it leaves the holding on which it is located at that date—

(a)in the case of an animal on its holding of birth a first and second means of identification meeting the requirements of Article 4(2)(a) and (b) and Article 9(3) of the Council Regulation; and

(b)in the case of an animal not on its holding of birth, 2 replacement means of identification of which one must be a red replacement eartag.

Animals sent for export

9.—(1) A keeper must identify all animals consigned for export in accordance with Article 4(2)(a) and (b) and Article 9(3) of the Council Regulation.

(2) The keeper of an animal consigned for export which bears means of identification containing different individual identification codes must apply to the animal an eartag containing the same individual identification code as one of the existing means of identification.

(3) The means of identification to be applied under this article must be applied, at the latest, before the animal leaves the holding from which it is consigned for export.

(4) A keeper must ensure that all animals consigned for export comply with the requirements of Article 4a of Council Directive 91/68/EEC of 28 January 1991 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals(1).

Animals imported from third countries

10.—(1) The keeper of an animal imported from a third country must comply with Article 4(4) of the Council Regulation and this article.

(2) The period for identifying such an animal for the purposes of Article 4(4) of the Council Regulation is 14 days.

(3) The means of identification for animals imported from a third country must be the same as that set out in Article 4(2)(a) and (b) and Article 9(3) of the Council Regulation and the identification code for the purposes of Section A.2 of the Annex is—

(a)the letters “UK”; and

(b)a 12 digit number in accordance with a numbering scheme approved by the Scottish Ministers.

(4) Where an animal is imported from a third country and re-identified according to this article, the keeper must record information about the addition of the new means of identification in the register together with the full identification code on the new means of identification and the full code on the method of identification applied in the third country.

Receipt of animals from another Member State

11.—(1) No person may receive an animal from another Member State unless it is identified in accordance with—

(a)in the case of an animal born after 9th July 2005, the Council Regulation; or

(b)in the case of an animal born on or before 9th July 2005, Council Directive 92/102/EEC of 27 November 1992 on the identification and registration of animals(2).

(2) It is prohibited to remove or replace the original method of identification of an animal originating in another Member State in contravention of Article 4(5) of the Council Regulation.

Receipt of animals from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

12.  No person may receive an animal from England, Wales or Northern Ireland unless it is identified and accompanied by a movement document in accordance with—

(a)in the case of an animal born after 9th July 2005, the Council Regulation, including any derogation exercised under the Council Regulation; or

(b)in the case of an animal born on or before 9th July 2005 the previous United Kingdom Orders or Regulations and any additional requirements imposed in legislation enforcing the Council Regulation in relation to those animals.

Loss of methods of identification applied in a third country

13.  Where an animal is imported from a third country and identified in accordance with Article 4(4) of the Council Regulation, the keeper is not required to replace a method of identification applied in the third country if it subsequently becomes lost or illegible.

(1)

O.J.No.L 46, 19.2.1991, p.19, last amended by Council Directive 2008/73/EC (O.J. No. L 219, 14.8.2008, p.40).

(2)

O.J. No.L 355, 5.12.1992, p.32.

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