Be prepared for tightened tag rules
CATTLE producers should prepare themselves for tighter notification and tagging deadlines that come into force from tomorrow.
Under EU legislation, enforced from Jan 1, 2000, the UK has to fall in line with new rules giving cattle and dairy producers a maximum of 27 days to tag calves and register births rather than the previous 45-day limit.
From tomorrow, beef cattle must have both ear-tags inserted within 20 days of birth, instead of the previous 30-day limit, says NFU livestock policy adviser, Carol Lloyd.
The 36 hour deadline to insert the first tag for dairy calves remains, but the second tag must be inserted within 20 days.
Births must be registered within seven days of tagging, as opposed to the previous 15-day cut-off. *