Consultation outcome

Sheep, goats and deer: electronic movement reporting and identification

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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We received 134 responses to this consultation.

Original consultation


Consultation on the electronic movement reporting system (including an underpinning database) for sheep, goats and deer (England) and proposed changes to the way in which sheep and goats are identified.

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Consultation description

Accurate identification and prompt reporting of livestock movements underpins tracing, a critical activity in the event of a disease outbreak. The current paper based system for reporting the movements of sheep, goats and deer is no longer viable. We are planning to replace it with an electronic system from April 2014.

As well as complying with the Government’s Digital by Default strategy the system will deliver on a recommendation from the Farming Regulation Task Force to reduce regulatory burdens on farmers by enabling the e-reporting of livestock movements.

As well as seeking views on our delivery plans for the e-reporting system, we also sought views on proposals to: simplify the identification of slaughter lambs, and to permit the use of injectable identifiers in non-food chain sheep and goats.

Published 29 July 2013
Last updated 4 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses added.
  2. Changed closing date to 20 September.
  3. First published.