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Important Changes to the Export of Livestock

November 26, 2020

Important Changes to the Export of Livestock  

From 1 January 2021, the rules for exports of all livestock will change.  Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, Sheep movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will also need to meet these requirements.

An EU Export Health Certificate. This will require Sheep are;

  1. From an MV accredited flock or have had a recent MV Blood Test
  2. From a Scrapie Monitored Flock or Blood tested Scrapie Genotype ARR/ARR
  3. Females are subject to 30 day pre movement quarantine
  4. Rams are subject to 60 day pre movement quarantine and Bruclla Ovis Blood Test within 30 days
  5. If stock being purchased at a sale it must be a DEFRA approved Export Sale which requires stringent segregation of export approved animals.
  6. NI Breeders must be aware of regulations to enable return of animals unsold.

The Animal Identification Rules are also changing

TAGGING REQUIREMENTS

As from the 1st January, 2021 Exporters from Great Britain will need to ensure their animals are identified with the ISO country code, which is ‘GB’ for the UK.

Sheep and goat tagging

  • You should add a third tag with the GB country code to sheep or goats who are already double tagged.
  • You must use the same individual ID number on the GB tag.

For unidentified animals you’re tagging for the first time, you can choose to either:

  • use double UK tags with the GB suffix (UK-GB)
  • add a third tag with the GB country code – you must add this if your UK double tags do not state GB

Single tagged lambs you want to export or move to the EU or NI must be reidentified using double tags. You can either:

  • use double UK tags with the GB suffix (UK-GB)
  • add a third tag with the GB country code – you must add this if your UK double tags do not state GB

One of these tags must be electronic.

All tags must include the animal’s individual ID number.

Third tags should not be yellow or red.

You can replace lost or damaged tags with ones that use the GB suffix (UK-GB) if your animals have already been identified

Please click on the link below to take you to the Government Website for Guidance on Export or Movement of Livestock or Poultry (last updated 14th January, 2021)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-livestock-and-poultry

Please click on the link below to take you to the Government Website for Guidance on Bringing Live Animals to Northern Ireland From Great Britain (last updated 14th January, 2021)

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/guidance-bringing-live-animals-and-fish-ni-gb

The Association are in close contact with DEFRA and the NSA  and this page will be updated when we have more information 

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