From the British Goat Society Website :- www.allgoats.com (News pages). Christine Ball (GoatsUK).

Latest Agri News (16/3/02) by Ruth Goodwin

FMD update:

EXTRACT: This is a brief summary of a 13-page document

Since 11th February, the Interim Animal Movement Regime has been in force, and is scheduled to remain until 30th November, though certain features may be relaxed, all being well, as time goes by.

There are leaflets available - the ones relevant to us are "Sheep & Goats"(PB6631E), "Markets and Shows"(PB6631C) and "Transport of Livestock"(PB6631D).

You can obtain copies from DEFRA Publications, tel:08459-556000, or from your local DEFRA Animal Health Office, or by FAX from the ADAS Helpline in Exeter, tel:01392-314941, who can answer any queries, or from the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk/footandmouth

These leaflets say that they are only summaries, and that full statements of legal requirements can be obtained from your Animal Health Office or from the above website address.

The Sheep and Goats Identification and Movement (Interim Measures)(England) Order 2002.
This takes the place of the previously existing 2000 Order, until 1st December this year.

Registration of goat-keepers with DEFRA, records of herd size and of movements must be kept as before, and movement documents (or licences) must accompany the goats on any journey.
Either tags or tattoos must still be used, in the ear.
Tags must bear "UK", but tattoos do not have to, except for a goat being exported.
The Herd Number of the holding of birth is known as the goat's Origin Mark and must be applied to goats still on their holding of birth before they move off that holding, unless they are travelling to be ear-marked and back, or going to the vet. and back.

A goat going to an abattoir may bear a temporary mark (e.g. coloured sheep-marker,) which must remain visible to the naked eye until the goat is slaughtered.

ALL marks must be recorded in the appropriate documents and kept for six years.

The S Mark: Prior to 1.1.01, members will recall, bought-in goats did not have to be ear-marked with a Herd Number.

This is no longer true.

If you are moving a goat which was not born on your holding, you have to mark it with an S followed by your Herd Mark.

Other marks described consist of a Herd Number with an F (imported goats), an X (exported goats) or an R (a replacement mark).

A mark which has now become very important is the Individual Mark.

This is defined as a number which does not apply to any other goat with the same Herd Mark, and is tattooed on one of the animal's ears, at the same time as an Origin Mark or S,F,R or X mark is tattooed on one of its ears.

If a tag is used the individual number has to be applied to the tag at the same time as the Herd number or S,F,R,or X mark, either on the same side of the tag or on the other side.

If the goat comes from within the UK but outside England, the individual number could be on a different tag.

A goat going to or from a show has to have an individual number, as does an exported one.

Furthermore, consider selling a goat: The breeder can sell it provided it bears its Origin Mark.

The purchaser could sell it on with an S mark in the other ear if the other ear was not already marked with a BGS or other breed mark.

After that it cannot be sold again as it has no more ears for another S mark, and in any case the number of tattoos or tags is legally limited to two or three for welfare reasons.

The only way a goat can change homes more than once or twice is if it has an individual mark, as defined above.

DEFRA has said that the BGS and other breed society earmarks (which contain letters) will no longer be recognised as the individual number.

We await confirmation that a Herd Number will be archived to take it out of use when a goat-keeper leaves the relevant premises.

This is a brief summary of a 13-page document and if in doubt, members should seek guidance from DEFRA, or in Scotland from SERAD on 0131-244-6407.

Shows: DEFRA are still not deciding whether sheep and goats can go to shows this year, until May. Livestock shows will be held under The Animal Gatherings (Interim Measures)(England) Order 2002, which may be seen on the DEFRA website mentioned above. Other consultations received: These covered : Surveillance plan for antimicrobial resistance; two on food labelling; more on the review of dispensing by vets.; welfare of animals at slaughter;and HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) in meat plants. Information on request.

Other items received: Cheesemaking course: 29th-31st May. Info. on tel: 01949-842867. British Cheese Awards: end of September in Chipping Campden. Info. on tel: 01608-659189. More on the new European Food Safety Authority and the progress of the EC Food Hygiene Proposal. See FSA website: www.food.gov.uk The Zoonoses Report UK 2000: copies from Michael Sigsworth tel: 0207-904-8112