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Sheep: Electronic Tagging

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what derogations the Government have sought from European regulations on the electronic tagging of sheep. (206048)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: The EU regulation provides for a derogation from electronic identification in respect of sheep and goats intended for slaughter within 12 months of age. We are currently discussing with industry how this derogation might be applied.

The regulation also provides for a derogation from the need to electronically identify animals in member states where the combined sheep and goat population is less than 600,000 or where the goat population is less than 160,000. We will be applying this derogation to goats as the total UK population is less than the EU threshold.