Policy paper

Defra’s response to electronic identification (EID) tag reading study

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

Defra welcomes this study which provides reassuring evidence of the quality of EID tags on sale.

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In November 2012 the Approved Livestock Identification Manufacturers’ Association (ALIDMA) published the results of a study into the readability of electronic identification (EID) ear tags for sheep on sale in England.

Defra welcomes this study which provides reassuring evidence of the quality of EID tags on sale. Six of the 13 recommendations made by ALIDMA on the back of the study are addressed wholly or in part to Defra. This document contains Defra’s response.

Having regard to Alidma’s recommendations on tag design and construction Defra will initiate work in the first half of 2013 to review the PAS 66 BSI specification for sheep and goat ear tags. Defra will draw the attention of industry bodies and others to relevant recommendations.

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