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Concessions on sheep and goat EID scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:01 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:26 28 March 2014

July 2008: Concessions been achieved over the new EU electronic ID (EID) regulations for sheep and goats.

The EU Commission's Standing Committee on the


Food Chain and Animal Health has voted for


changes to individual recording requirements for sheep and goats.
The


new regulations introduce compulsory electronic identification (EID) of


sheep and individual recording of sheep and goats from December 31,


2009. But concern has been expressed that the requirement to record individual details of animals


that are not electronically identified on movement documents would be


too burdensome.
DEFRA said it had worked


closely with the Commission and had secured changes to regulations that


will considerably reduce the movement recording burdens. 
The regulations now provide for a phased approach to the introduction of individual recording so that:
• No animals will have to be individually recorded on a movement document until January 1 2011,
• No animals born before December 31 2009 will have to be individually recorded on a movement document until December 31 2011
• No animal born before December 31 2009 and moving to slaughter


(directly or via a market) will have to be recorded on a movement


document at all.
The changes should help reduce the individual recording burden that sheep and goat keepers would have faced.
DEFRA has recognised that "there are practical issues with implementation" and wants to ensure that "a


practical system that keepers can work with” is put in place.

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