Sheep producers have been advised to check their tag stocks, in
preparation for the implementation of the proposed new rules on
- a two piece ear tag for lambs and sheep.
Assuming the current proposals are accepted, S baseline tags and
S movement tags will no longer be required after January 2008.
Linda Simms, of tag manufacturer Ritchey, says producers with enough
of these tags to last until the New Year should avoid ordering
She also advises flock owners to keep a supply of extra UK tags.
“The proposals state that if an animal loses its tag on the holding of
its birth, the producer has the option to use an identical replacement. But
suppliers may have to apply a surcharge for individual tags with specified
numbers, due to the additional administration costs involved in producing single
“It will be cheaper to take advantage of the other proposed
method of dealing with lost tags on the holding of birth. This
option allows producers to replace lost tags with their next available
UK tag showing a different number.”
If the animal has been moved from its original holding, the lost
tag should be replaced by an identical number, or by a red R tag,
adds Mrs Simms. With the January 2008 deadline looming, she says
most flock owners are still unsure about how they will be affected.
“We have had a number of calls from producers wanting more
information about the way the rules will work. As I understand
it, any animal younger than 12 months old and intended for slaughter
will still need only a single tag.
“If a producer changes his mind and decides to keep the animal for breeding,
he will need to double-tag after twelve months.”
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