EC moves to microchip sheep
SOME 20m sheep may have to be implanted with a microchip in order to safeguard exports to Europe.
The government is considering the option because of a European Commission directive which requires the implementation this year of compulsory lamb traceability rules for export animals.
The electronic tagging option will be put to a meeting of farmers leaders and technical experts at the Meat and Livestock Commission in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
The European Union requires that lambs are marked by two devices one of them a conventional ear-tag to show their farm of origin.
Farmers are expected to be compelled by this autumn to fit each new lamb with an eartag, plus either a tattoo or a chip.
- Back sheep tags to boost exports, says MLC, FWi, 11 August, 1999
- Movement on NFUs voluntary sheep-tag plan, FWi, 07 August 1998
- The Daily Telegraph 14/02/2000 page 7