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Sheep and Goats, livestock identification and traceability

Sheep and Goats: Identification and Traceability sheep

Sheep and Goat Identification and Traceability are a vital part of animal disease control in Scotland. In the event of a disease outbreak, it is important that all animals can be identified and movements traced.

To ensure this level of traceability is achieved, all sheep and goats keepers are required to comply with current legislation which is set by the European Commission.


What are the requirements?

In practical terms there are five key requirements to the legislation, you must:

  • register as a keeper on every holding that you use;

  • identify each of your animals;

  • keep your records up to date;

  • complete movement documents for every move; and

  • notify movements of animals on to your holding to the Scottish Animal Movement Unit (SAMU).




Scottish Government has produced guidance which explains the rules for sheep and goat identification and recording from 31 December 2009.

Sheep and Goat movement documents were issued to sheep and goat keepers during May 2008. Please remember that you need to keep copies of earlier completed movement documents for three years.



For further information on the Scottish Governments Research Pilot please go to the EID Research Pilot website, or contact them, details below:

ScotEID Information Centre
Unit 28
The Huntly Business Centre
Gordon Street
AB54 8FG

Phone: 01466 794323 (Four lines)
Fax: 01466 792801


Visit the Rural Payments and Services website for detailed information on sheep and goat inspections in Scotland.