9 August 2002

Tag number rule

WHEN an animals number on the tag and Cattle Tracing Scheme disagree, it will now be rejected from the over-30-month-scheme, says the Rural Payments Agency.

However, producers have an opportunity to appeal by explaining how the discrepancy has arisen, it adds. Rules for casualty animals retagged before on farm slaughter remain unchanged.

For entry into the OTMS these animals require a copy extract from their movement records, illustrating the retagging, with OTM17 and OTM22 forms accompanying the dead animal. Further details from the Slaughter Scheme Helpline (0118-968 7333). &#42