Sheep Identification Legislation Changes – Wales

Sheep identification legislation is changing in Wales from January the 1st 2016.

BREEDING SHEEP

pic 21Sheep kept beyond 12 months of age or lambs intended for live export, must be identified with one Electronic tag and one Visual tag – both tags must have your unique flock mark (with a zero in front) followed by a five digit animal number. The Electronic tag must be yellow and the Visual tag is permitted to be any colour (except yellow, red and black). It is recommended that the Electronic tag is placed in the left ear of the animal. Replacement identifiers applied off the holding of birth must be red (including replacement EID identifiers).

SLAUGHTER LAMBS:

From January 1st 2016, only electronic slaughter tags are permitted as a single tag option to identify lambs intended for slaughter, these tags should be yellow. All other lambs intended for breeding must be identified with full EID. The use of the non-EID conventional slaughter tag will be phased out; allowing keepers to use current ear tag stocks for 2015 born lambs.

Lambs which are going to slaughter within 12 months of birth need to have a single electronic tag printed with your flock mark on the tags and the individual number contained in the electronic chip.

Tagging Options

Non-Electronic slaughter tag Electronic slaughter tag Full EID
Current position up until 31st December 2015 Lambs intended to be slaughtered in a UK abattoir prior to reaching 12 months of age Lambs intended to be slaughtered in a UK abattoir prior to reaching 12 months of age Breeding lambs kept beyond 12 months of age. Store/finished hoggets intended for slaughter but kept beyond 12 months of age. Lambs intended for live export
1st January 2016 This will not be an option for lambs born after 1st January 2016 Lambs intended to be slaughtered in a UK abattoir prior to reaching 12 months of age

Breeding lambs kept beyond 12 months of age. Store/finished hoggets intended for slaughter but kept beyond 12 months of age. Lambs intended for live export

Lambs identified in Wales with a non-electronic slaughter tag prior to 1st January 2016 can continue to move with identifier until the 30th June 2017 (until they are deemed to be 12 months old). This includes movements into England or Scotland.

Some markets and abattoirs may have made commercial decisions to only accept electronically identified lambs. Keepers are advised to check if non-electronic slaughter tags are acceptable before transporting animals.

Wynnstay offer a wide range of electronic tags, tagging equipment and EID readers to suit your enterprise and facilitate the changes for the change in legislation. Please contact your local store or Wynnstay representative for further information.


Written by: Ceri Jones | Sheep & Beef Catalogue Co-ordinator | Wynnstay Group Plc

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