ARCHIVE: EU Zootechnical legislation: Pedigree animals
Defra's Zootechnics team covering non-equine species deals primarily with European legislation concerning the official recognition of herd and flock book organisations. These organisations maintain herd and flock books for purebred bovines, pigs, sheep and goats. The main purpose of this legislation is to facilitate trade in these animals between Member States.
Recognition of Breed Societies
The criteria governing official recognition of breed societies are laid down in EU regulations. The team deals with applications from non-equine breed societies seeking official recognition in Great Britain. Applicants must first prove that they meet the specific requirements of the EU regulations before official recognition can be given.
For more information about applying for official recognition please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
In accordance with EU Zootechnical legislation Defra is required to maintain and publish a list of recognised breed societies on its website.
Lists of approved breeding organisations or associations
- Bovine species (PDF 90 KB)
- Caprine species (PDF 10 KB)
- Ovine species (PDF 80 KB)
- Porcine species (PDF 20 KB)
- Equine species (PDF 300 KB)
More information about EU legislation is available on the EC Europa website.
Page last modified: 15 December 2010
Page published: 5 January 2010