Inspection time for NI sheep and goats

Sheep and goat keepers in Northern Ireland should be aware that the 2010 round of Sheep and Goat Identification Inspections is about to begin.

And this year, inspectors are required to inspect all of the sheep and goats on the holding, says The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Northern Ireland.

“Keepers are reminded they must maintain an accurate and up-to-date flock or herd register and ensure all movement documents are completed accurately and copies retained.”

They must also ensure the 2009 Annual Inventory has been returned to DARD and the inventory details are recorded in the register.

“All sheep and goats should be identified correctly when they are nine months of age or before they leave the holding, whichever occurs first,” the organisation says.

Any lost tags must be replaced in line with the guidance recently sent to all keepers.

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