NFU Cymru is reminding sheep farmers that from January 1 non-electronic slaughter tags will no longer be allowed as the single tagging option to identify lambs intended for slaughter.
“It is important to remember, not least when re-ordering supplies of tags, that the non-electronic slaughter tags cannot be used to identify lambs from January onwards,” says Wyn Evans, the union’s livestock board chairman.
“Lambs identified with a non EID slaughter tag prior to January 1 can continue to be moved until they are deemed to be 12 months of age.
“Tagging options available from January include full electronic identification for lambs being kept beyond 12 months of age for breeding purposes, for store and finished hoggets intended for slaughter, but kept beyond 12 months of age and for lambs intended for live export.
“An electronic slaughter tag can be used in place of full electronic identification for lambs that are intended to be slaughtered in a UK abattoir, before reaching 12 months of age.”
Mr Evans said a further change producers needed to be aware of with the expected introduction of EID Cymru was the reporting of movements.
“The new sheep traceability database for Wales will require the compulsory electronic reporting of sheep movements by livestock markets, abattoirs and collection centres from January 18,” he added.
“While sheep keepers will be encouraged to report movements electronically from mid-January onwards, there will still be a paper-based licence system for those wishing to use it.”