New Rules for
NEW RULES FOR IDENTIFYING YOUR GOATS (Jan'08)
The Following is a short summary of how the new regulations
concerning the identification of our goats affect members of
This summary is intended for guidance only and is aimed at
those of us who keep our animals simply as pets.
The legislation can be divided into three main areas:
2. The Holding Register
3. Movement Documents
a) Animals born on or after 11th
January 2008 must have two identifiers, one in each ear. One
must be a tag, the other can be a tag or a tattoo.
b) Tags should be UK (holding of birth) types and
contain your herd number and the individual animal number.
The two tags for each animal have to be identical.
c) Animals born before 11th January
2008 only require one tag so long as they have been tagged
before this date with a UK tag that contains an individual
d) Animals still on the holding of birth which
have not been tagged or were tagged before 2003 and,
therefore, do not have an individual number on the tag, must
have two new UK tags ( the original tag must be left in
place). If not on the holding of birth two R tags should be
e) Lost Tags. Whether single or double tagged, if
a goat on the holding of birth loses a tag and you know the
original number then the tag can be replaced with a tag
which has either an identical or a different number. If not
on the holding of birth and you know the original number you
can replace with identical or new tags obtained from the
breeder of the goat. If you are unable to obtain
replacements from the breeder you will need to replace with
All replacements should be recorded in …
2. THE HOLDING REGISTER
The new register supplied by DEFRA (ref PB12913) is fairly
Section 1: contains space for details of your
Section 2: provides space for recording details
Section 3: provides space for recording movement
animals on and off the holding. It records movements for a
12 month period from 1st December to 30th
November. You may be expected to produce this on an annual
basis or on demand. Entries should be made within 36 hours
of the movement taking place.
3. MOVEMENT DOCUMENTS (Animal Movement Licence)
There appears to be little change in this area
where we will be expected to complete the movement document
for all journeys with the exception of visits to the vet. As
before the white copy should be sent to the destination
local authority within three days of the movement taking
The above regulations apply to England
As a result of devolution the other areas of the United
Kingdom have been responsible for producing their own
In Wales this is S&G Guidance booklet (V6) and it
does contain some variations on the English model summarised
The main differences are:
1. The new rules in Wales apply from 22nd
January 2008. The date given in the guidance booklet is
2. Pastern Marks. In Wales the option of using a pastern
mark (ie a anklet above the pastern) as the second
identifier has been given. However, no such anklets have
been approved in the UK and it is, therefore, not possible
to use this option. Dalton’s do produce a pastern anklet but
it is removable and not tamper proof and will not be
approved. Manufacturers are unlikely to go to the expense of
developing such an anklet just for use by goatkeepers in
3. Sheep and Goat Record ( G/303/06/07 ISBN 0 7504 8957 X
This is the equivalent of the Holding Register (England) but
it does differ in layout. It has 4 sections.
i) The outer cover provides space for details of
ii) Section 2 is where you record your annual
animals as at 1st January each
iii) Section 3 is for recording replacement tags.
iv) Section 4 is where you record movements on or
holding, including births and deaths. The
final column in
this section allows you to keep a running
total of the
animals on the holding.
It is vital that this record is kept up to date as, should
you be inspected, this will be scrutinised. It will also be
cross referenced with your Movement Licence Record ( ie the
copies of the AML’s that you have sent to your local trading
standards office and your duplicate copies).
In all other respects the English and Welsh Regulations are
the same. I have had no sight of the Scottish or Northern
Ireland Regulations so am unable to comment on these. I
would be grateful if members in these countries would inform
me of any variations so that we can publicise these in the
June edition of ‘Notes’.
Finally, I would stress that these are a summary of the
regulations compiled by Bob Prager and Peter Mercer after
careful reading of the regulation booklets and consultation
with Welsh Assembly Government Officers.
If you are in any doubt about any of these regulations as
they apply to your circumstances please contact your
regional office of DEFRA/ Welsh Assembly Government.