Keeping farmed animals – guidance

Sample sheep and goat holding register

To protect the health of your livestock and to make it easier to trace your animals, you must keep a register of the animals on your holding.

Documents

Holding register (Microsoft Excel version)

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Holding register (Adobe PDF version)

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Detail

This register holds information about your holding, tags and replacement tags, and all movements of sheep and goats. We have produced a printable and electronic (Microsoft Excel) versions of the register to assist keepers to record the required information. These are available below.

A separate holding register is required for each different holding. It must:

  • Record movements of sheep born after 31 December 2009 individually, unless they are identified with a slaughter tag
  • Record details of any replacement identifiers (section 2), including any cross-references where appropriate.

Hard copies are available from the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77, quoting reference PB13281.

Electronic version

To access the electronic Holding Register above, you will need to enable Macros (via the ‘options’ button in the [security advice] bar above the register). This will allow you to accept the disclaimer. Please read the disclaimer as it contains important information on the use of the Holding Register.

Further information