Management info on Sheep Tags
Sheep Keepers Guidance on the ID Rules (extract)
3.11 Management information on your tags
When you order your identifiers, you can ask your manufacturer to add extra information as long as:
- the extra information is shown separately from the official identification code; and
- the official animal identification code remains clear and readable at all times.
In addition to your official tags you may also apply a management tag to your animal, but it must not contain the letters ‘UK’, show the flock mark, or be red, yellow or black.
(These publications were sent to registered sheep and goat keepers before the tagging / recording rules changed in 2010)
The management information must be distinct (1) from the official ID code so that, for example, an inspector could not confuse it with any part of that code.
The official code for an animal identified with ‘full EID’ i.e. an animal intended to be kept for longer than 12 months of age is structured as follows: UK 0 123456 00001 (example)
So it would not be possible to add another group of digits (which might be the keepers own management number or a breed pedigree/registration number) such as ‘51’ or ‘00051’.
It would be possible to add, for example, ‘AB51’ because the alpha character(s) prefix and the absence of the leading zeros minimise the risk of confusion with part of the animal’s official ID code.
It would be appropriate to print management info on a different side/part of a tag from the official ID.
The official code for an animal identified with a single slaughter tag i.e. an animal intended to be slaughtered with 12 months of age is: UK 123456 (example)
No other number issued by Defra may be visibly recorded on this type of ear tag(2). So, for example, if it were a single (yellow) EID slaughter tag it is not permitted to print the full ID number from the chip on to this type of tag.
Again, if management information is added it would be appropriate to distinguish it in some way such as prefixing it with alpha characters so that an inspector did not think it were an official identifier (and/or on a double identified animal that might have lost one of its identifiers).