UK Government issues new advice on ear tags for livestock exporters

The UK has changed its policy regarding ear tags for livestock exports and movements from Great Britain to the EU and Northern Ireland from 1 January.
calendar icon 26 November 2020
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The government has been working closely with the farming sector to prepare for these changes, and has published updated guidance setting out the actions GB livestock exporters will need to take to get ready for 1 January:

  • For animals which are already individually identified, apply a third (management) tag with the prefix GB followed by the animal’s individual number.
  • For new-born animals and lambs for export that are not yet individually identified, UK tags with a GB suffix could be applied.

Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said:

“We have been working closely with the farming industry to find practical solutions to prepare them for 1 January. We encourage livestock exporters to follow the steps set out in our guidance on the changes to ear tagging, and to contact their suppliers.”

Exporters should contact importers to confirm that how they identify their animals is acceptable. Exporters should also contact their ear tag suppliers to ensure that they are able to identify their animals with the correct tags from 1 January 2021.

Animals for export will also need to be accompanied with a new EU Export Health Certificate showing the correct ISO country code and signed by the Official Veterinarian for export.

For information on Northern Ireland exports to the EU, contact Daera directly for further information.

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