ARCHIVE: How am I affected?
How are sheep keepers affected?
Recording keeping rules have now changed for keepers when electronic identification (EID) was implemented on 31 December 2009. These changes affect all sheep irrespective of their age. Defra secured changes to the rules to reduce the record keeping burden, particularly in respect of older animals (ie those born before 31 December 2009) which are not electronically identified.
Cost of electronic identification to UK sheep keepers
In relation to the costs, keepers must apply electronic devices but it is up to them to determine whether they wish to record information electronically. Therefore, keepers of small numbers of sheep can do this manually instead of investing in reading equipment. Keepers do not have to purchase electronic reading equipment or a computer. The cost of equipment to facilitate electronic reading varies according to complexity, but in all cases is expected to reduce over time. If keepers do decide they want to purchase an EID reader they can refer to the Defra technical leaflet sent to all keepers in December which explains how readers work, different types, indicative costs, and factors to consider before purchase: Electronic identification (EID) in sheep: Your technical guide (550 KB).
- Commission and other Member States agree to Central Point Recording.
- ADAS - Cost implications for English sheep keepers of third party EID reading at markets and abattoirs – discussion document(PDF 240KB).
How are markets and abattoirs affected?
Markets and abattoirs will need to record the identity of all sheep which pass through their premises on an individual basis, with the exception of those subject to the slaughter derogation.
It is recognised that it will be challenging for them to put in place robust EID systems which will be able to cope with large volume movements at speed. This is why a year phasing in period of individual recording on movement documents was agreed to allow such premises sufficient time to comply with the requirements.
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