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.

Applies to England


Holding register (Adobe PDF version)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This register holds information about your holding, tags and replacement tags, and all movements of sheep and goats. We have produced a printable version of the register to assist keepers to record the required information.

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. Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and homeworking, there may be a short delay in these being issued.

Electronic version

The Livestock Information Service (LIS) online movement reporting service for sheep and goats has a user friendly and feature rich holding register function.

Published 27 March 2011
Last updated 28 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Holding register (Excel version) has been removed. Use the Livestock Information Service (LIS) holding register function for an electronic holding register.

  2. Updated details on availability of hard copies.

  3. First published.