Department Rules & Regulations

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

5 May 2022                

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ORGANISERS OF

AND EXHIBITORS AT LIVESTOCK SHOWS/FAIRS, 2022

 

GENERAL

 

  1. Agriculture Show/Fair organisers must notify the SVI at their local RVO of the intention to hold a show and provide the location and proposed dates of the show/event. 

 

  1. Keeper herd numbers for Agricultural Shows /Fairs must be obtained in advance from Animal Identification and Movement Division, Backweston Administration Building, Stacumny Lane, Celbridge, Co Kildare, W23 X3PH - Telephone (01) 5058882. Requests for a Keeper number for a Show/Fair should be made at least two weeks before the event.  

 

  1. Exhibitors should apply in good time to the Show Secretary to check any requirements specific to that show.

 

  1. The Animal Identification and Movement Division has received queries concerning a small number of “Local Fairs”. All such events must be notified to the SVI in the relevant RVO. The SVI will advise on the managements of such events including the procedures to be followed in respect of recording the movement of animals concerned.   

 

  1. Where a Livestock Mart premises is being used for the purpose of a Show and the Livestock Mart system is being utilised to record the intake and onward movement of the bovine animals to the AIM database a Certificates of Compliance will not be required. 

 

 

  1. Please ensure you familiarise yourself which the updated criteria set out in Section “Specific Requirements – Cattle “and the application form (NBAS31K) to forward to the RVO when requesting a Certificate of Compliance for movement of bovine to a Show.

 

  1. Documentation is available @ https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/68686-animal-identification-movement-aim/#shows .  Also see gov.ie - Data Protection Privacy Notices (www.gov.ie).

 

 

CODE OF PRACTICE – BIOSECURITY

 

Showground Co-operatives, Agricultural Premises and Livestock Marts

In general movement and mixing of animals presents the greatest risk of the spread of most animal diseases.  For that reason the operators of livestock shows, marts, etc., have a key role to play in ensuring that the disease risks associated with their premises and operations are kept to a minimum.  Specific legal requirements apply in relation to bio-security arrangements.  Adherence to these bio-security arrangements and the guidelines outlined below can have a significant impact on reducing the opportunities for disease transmission. 

 

Acceptance of animals

  • All keepers must be registered appropriately if presenting animals (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, horses and other equine, exotic/other animals (including Llama, Alpaca)).

 

  • Under no circumstances should animals that are identified improperly or documented improperly be accepted.

 

Cleaning / disinfection

  • All areas where animals will be located should be clean and contamination free prior to introducing animals for show purposes.

 

  1. All areas where show animals are congregated, held or have been in contact should be washed down thoroughly and disinfected with an approved disinfectant at the end of each day at a minimum.

 

  1. Keep drinking/feeding troughs clean and free of animal waste or other contaminants.

 

  1. Cleaning and disinfection facilities should be available on site for all transport vehicles delivering/collecting animals.  Shows should enforce the use of these cleaning and disinfection facilities at all times.

 

  1. Ensure that clients, when visiting the premises, wear waterproof footwear (e.g. wellington boots) that can be cleaned and disinfected easily.

 

  1. Provide foot-baths with suitable approved disinfectant at appropriate locations on the premises.

 

  1. Provide facilities for hand washing with liquid soap and for washing down footwear.

 

  1. Provide signs on premises reminding people of the need to minimise the risks of disease transmission and the availability on-site of washing facilities for vehicles and persons.

 

Identification, documentation and record keeping

  1. Retain a record of the registration number of each vehicle delivering/collecting each consignment of animals.

 

  1. Maintain a register, in readily accessible form, of all vendors/buyers, including numbers and types of animals involved in each transaction. 

 

  1. Ensure compliance with all requirements in relation to record keeping and retention of records.

 

  1. Forward completed Certificates of Compliance in respect of bovines and Sheep or Goat Dispatch Documents to the local Regional Veterinary Office to ensure that the cattle, sheep and goat movement details are recorded on the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) database within 7 days of the Show. Failure to have movements recorded within the required time scale may have implications for the herdkeeper/s involved.   

 

 

Suspicious/unusual transactions or movements

  1. Report any suspicious or unusual transactions or movements involving livestock to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or the Garda Siochana (such information can be provided on a strictly confidential basis). 

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS - CATTLE

 

Animal Health Status

T.B.- Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme

All animals must come from herds, which are Officially TB free (OTF) (i.e. not restricted) and the herd and relevant animals must have had a clear test within the previous twelve months – this test must be recorded on the Department’s Animal Health Computer System (AHCS). In general, apart from cows, and males over the age of 36 months (see next paragraph) no pre-movement test is required for T.B.  However, it is recommended by the Department that a 30-day pre-movement test for TB should apply to all Shows. Animals which have disclosed inconclusive reactor results are not permitted to be moved for the purpose of exhibition at shows. 

 

New Animal Health Law Requirements

From the 1st of September 2022 cows, and males over the age of 36 months that move from a show to a different herd must either have been tested in the previous 30 days or the animal and the herd presenting it to the show must have been tested in the previous 6 months prior to movement. If a cow, or a male over the age of 36 months, moves from a show to a different herd and does not meet the above criteria then a TB test must be carried out on the animal concerned within 30 days of its movement into the new herd. If after 30 days, the animal has not been tested, the herd into which it has moved will be restricted and if, after a further 30 days the animal has still not been tested then the entire herd will be listed for a TB test.  

 

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

All bovine animals which were born since 01/01/2013 must have a negative BVD status for BVD virus (not antibody) when moving, including to shows, within the state.  With regard to animals entering the state from abroad including Northern Ireland, it is recommended that these are tested for BVD and evidence of this provided to the show organiser.  Some animals from NI may have been tested in the voluntary phase of the programme there.  It is possible for a declaration of such negative results to be generated from the NI database and provided to the show organiser.

 

Bovine Identification & Mandatory Electronic Identification of bovines (EID)

 

Mandatory electronic identification of bovines (EID) is being implemented with effect from 1st July 2022. This means that all bovine animals born on or after 1st July 2022 must be identified with 2 official flag tags one of which contains an EID component. All bovines born prior to 1st July 2022 must continue to bear 2 official flag tags as heretofore. There is no mandatory requirement that bovines in this age category bear an official EID tag.  

 

Passports

 All bovines attending shows must be accompanied by their passports.

 

 

AIM Notification

  1. The movement of cattle to and from an Agricultural Show /Fairs within the State must be recorded on the Animal Identification and Movement System (AIM).
  2. With effect from 4 February 2019 there is a specific Certificates of Compliance for the “Movement of Bovine from a Single Holding to a Show”.
  3. The herd keeper must obtain the Certificate of Compliance prior to the movement of animals The certificate can be created by (i) applying on-line using their agfood account or (ii) where the keeper is not on line the certificate can be generated by the local RVO following receipt of a completed NBAS 31 K.
  4. The creation of a the certificate is subject to normal criteria such as clear TB test etc.  
  5. A copy of form NBAS 31 K is included at Appendix 1 and will also be available on www.gov.ie.
  6. When applying for this certificate the destination herd / or Show number is not required. The certificate generated will include an “S” symbol.
  7. The Certificate of Compliance for a Show will continue to be valid for a period of up to 30 days. As is currently the case these can be used for the movement of animal/s to a number of shows during the validity period of the certificate. 
  8. Calves which are less than 10 days cannot be moved to a Show. 
  9. The Movement Notification Section of the Certificate should be completed by the Keeper and the Show Secretary who must clearly indicate the Show Number.  The Show movement should be recorded on the passport.   Ultimate responsibility for fulfilling these requirements lies with the Show Secretary.
  10.  If the animal/s move from the show to a herd other than the source herd, the new destination herd must also sign the certificate.
  11. Completed forms must be sent by the Show Secretary to the local RVO within 7 days of the Show. Failure to have movements recorded within the required time scale may have implications for the herdkeeper/s involved.

 

 

Cattle being Imported from Northern Ireland for an Agricultural Show 

 

Imports from Northern Ireland

It is very important that any proposal to import cattle to a show, including from Northern Ireland, is made known to the local Regional Veterinary Office well in advance so that consideration can be given to compliance with the requirements outlined below.

 

Premises

The Show premises at which the cattle will reside for the duration of their stay must either be an assembly centre approved for exports or of such a standard as being capable of being approved for such a purpose temporarily.  A fundamental requirement for such premises is that they have surfaces that are capable of being cleaned and disinfected, and have adequate cleaning and disinfection facilities.  Adequate segregation facilities may be required also (see under “Status of Animals” below).

 

 

Status of Bovine Animals imported from Northern Ireland for a Show

Cattle from Northern Ireland being moved to a show must be certified in accordance with the normal animal health requirements for intra-community trade in breeding animals including having passed a TB test (export interpretation) during the 30 days prior to export.  

 

To comply with eligibility requirements for re-importation into Northern Ireland after the show

 

Cattle cannot mix with any cattle of a lesser health status while at the show. 

This can be achieved in one of two ways:

  1. either the imported animals are kept segregated fully from other cattle at the show which have not been tested, or
  2. all cattle attending the show must have been TB tested (export interpretation) within 30 days.

 

 

Documentation Required

 

  1. Cattle imported to a show from Northern Ireland must be accompanied by an original breeding animal intra-trade health certificate (known as a TRACES certificate) and a passport for each animal. 
  2. A TRACES message, corresponding with the TRACES certificate, will be sent for each animal or consignment being dispatched to the show (this will be performed by officials in the dispatching country).
  3. For the return journey, this original certificate must be endorsed by the signature of the official veterinarian of the Department at the show, together with the official stamp of the competent authority and date of endorsement.
  4. A TRACES message will be sent for the return journey also (this will be performed by Department officials attending the show).
  5. In addition, a non-comminglement certificate must be issued by the official veterinarian for the show at or before return, stating that the animal shows no clinical signs of disease and has not been in contact, during its stay at the show/event, with animals of a lesser health status.  The passport must accompany the animal on the return journey also.
  6. CMMS 5 - In such cases and in addition to the above the Keeper/Owner of the animals in conjunction with the Show Secretary must also ensure that a CMMS 5 document is completed and returned to the Animal Identification and Movement Division, Backweston Administration Building, Stacumny Lane, Celbridge, Co Kildare, W23 X3PH detailing those animals imported to take part in the Show. The keeper of the imported animal(s) is required to sign the form when the animal arrives at the Show and provide his/her herd number. Following the Show, the official veterinarian should complete the bottom portion of the CMMS 5 form also confirming that he has stamped the official Health Certificate and that he has issued a Non-Comminglement Certificate. 
  7. A copy of the CMMS 5 form is attached at Appendix 2 and will also be available on the Departments website/from the local RVO.
  8. The Secretary/Keeper should retain a photocopy of the form if required.

 

 

Requirement in respect of Cattle being:

 

  1. Exported to Northern Ireland for an Agricultural Show (and returned)

             and

 

  1.  Consideration regarding export of cattle to an agricultural show within the EU other than Northern Ireland  

 

  1. Export to Northern Ireland

 

  1. Cattle moving from Ireland to a Show in Northern Ireland must be recorded on the Departments Animal Identification and Movement database (AIM). 
  2. When the intra-community-trade Certificate is being issued by the local RVO, they will arrange to have the export movement for the animal(s) recorded onto AIM. All cattle must be accompanied by an official TRACES intra-community-trade certificate for bovine animals.

 

  1. A TRACES message, corresponding with the TRACES certificate, will be sent for each animal or consignment being dispatched to the show (this will be performed by Department officials in the RVO).

 

 

 

Cattle for Breeding and Production

 

Valid identity card/passport                        -              all animals

Negative TB test (export interpretation) -              all animals aged over 42 days within 30 days prior to export

                Negative BVD test                                            -              animals born on or after January 1st 2013

 

Note – Normal export rules including the 30 day residency rule will apply. 

 

  1. Export of cattle to an agricultural show within the EU other than to Northern Ireland

Agreement for the movement and immediate return of cattle to a Show in another country or vice versa currently applies for movements between Ireland and Northern Ireland onlyRequests for cattle from Ireland to attend shows in countries other than Northern Ireland will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

 

Before the movement of cattle from Ireland to a Show in parts of the EU other than to Northern Ireland takes place, it is imperative to establish that the Competent Authority of the destination country has agreed to put in place the same system for the processing of the documentation as applies to exports to Northern Ireland.  Therefore exhibitors who wish to show cattle at an EU Show other than in Northern Ireland should contact the local RVO at least one month prior to the Show.  

 

Where the export of cattle from Ireland is agreed with the destination country, the movement of such cattle must be recorded on AIM.   When the official intra-community trade Certificate for bovine animals is being issued by the local RVO, they will arrange to have the export movement of the animal(s) recorded onto AIM.

 

 

Process to be followed to ensure that a record is generated to record the return of cattle from a Show to the Home Farm from:

 

  • Northern Ireland and/or
  • A location within the EU other than to Northern Ireland where applicable/approved in line with the above (additional to those noted below may also be requested where approved).

 

Documentation required

Following the show, the following must be provided:

(d)* Original Intra Trade Certificate endorsed and stamped by the official veterinarian at the Show     (*may need to be an actual Intra Trade Health Certificate if location other that Northern Ireland)

(e)  A Non-Comminglement certificate

.    (f)  CMMS 6 form: When the animal returns to the home farm, the keeper presents these   

        Certificates to the RVO along with a completed CMMS 6 form stating that the animal has

returned from the show.  The RVO can then record the import movement back to the keeper’s     holding on the AIM system. A copy of the CMMS 6 form is attached at Appendix 3 and will also be available on the Departments website/from the local RVO. The Secretary/keeper show should retain a photocopy of the form if required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – SHEEP

 

Identification

All sheep must be identified individually with appropriate ear tags issued in accordance with the requirements of the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS).

 

Movement Documentation

All consignments of sheep being moved must be accompanied by a completed dispatch document.  Individual details of each sheep in the consignment must be recorded on the document.  Sheep from non-restricted flocks only can be moved to shows.  In the case of flocks restricted following diagnosis of scrapie, sheep possessing the ARR/ARR genotype only may be exhibited[1].  The movement of these ARR/ARR genotype sheep must be accompanied by the relevant movement permit (SCR/10), which can be obtained from the Regional Veterinary Office responsible for the county in which the flock is located. 

 

AIM Notification

The movement of sheep to and from an Agricultural Show within the State must be recorded on AIM.  This is done using a copy of the owners sheep dispatch document as follows:

 

  1. The owner/keeper presents the signed and completed dispatch document to the show secretary who checks it to ensure that it is completed in full.
  2. The show secretary fills in the MART section of the dispatch document with (i) the show number, (ii) the date of the move back to the source holding (iii) stamps it with the show stamp and (iv) signs the dispatch document.
  3. The show secretary then forwards the completed pink section of the dispatch document to the local RVO within 7 days of the show movement.
  4. The show secretary keeps white copy for his/her records.
  5. The source/destination keeper keeps the bottom yellow copy to enter it into their flock register.

 

Ultimate responsibility for fulfilling this requirement lies with the Show Secretary. 

 

Flock Register

All movements of sheep to and from shows must be recorded in the keeper’s flock register.

 

Exports to Northern Ireland

All sheep must be accompanied by a TRACES intra-community trade certificate for ovine animals.  A TRACES message, corresponding with the TRACES certificate, will be sent for each animal or consignment being dispatched to the show (this will be performed by Department officials from the RVO).  Exhibitors are advised to contact the show society in Northern Ireland well in advance of any show to determine the suitability of the show for return of animals (e.g. premises and sheep status), and whether the authorities will have officials and veterinary staff present to supervise and process documentation for animals returning to origin.

 

Agreement for the movement and immediate return of sheep to a Show in another country or vice versa currently applies for movements between Ireland and Northern Ireland only – it does not apply for movements to Great Britain or further afield.  Movements to shows other than Northern Ireland will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and you should contact your local Regional Veterinary Office at least one month prior to the Show.

 

 

 

Attendance of sheep from scrapie monitored flocks at shows and sales in 2018

 

Shows between 1st May and 31st October

Sheep from Scrapie Monitored Flocks[2] will be permitted to attend Agricultural Shows taking place between 1st May and 31st October, without restriction or separation from other categories of sheep.

 

Shows outside of the 1st May and 31st October Period

For shows taking place before 1st May or after 31st October, sheep from Scrapie Monitored or Probationary Flocks must be separated from other sheep as set down below.

 

    1. There must be complete separation of Monitored/Probationary sheep from other categories of sheep at the show. Ideally, this would mean a separate entrance and exit for each group, separate loading and unloading areas, separate penning areas for each of the two groups and separate sale rings for each of the two groups.

 

    1. In locations where all of the above may not be possible, the minimum requirement would be for separation of loading and unloading areas and also of penning areas. The two penning areas should be separated by a sheep-free alleyway at least twelve feet wide. If only one show ring is available, the sheep from the scrapie-monitored flocks must be shown first.

 

Sales between 1st May and 31st October

Sheep from Scrapie Monitored Flocks will be permitted to attend sales taking place between 1st May and 31st October, without restriction or separation from other categories of sheep.

 

Sales outside of the 1st May and 31st October Period

For sales taking place before 1st May or after 31st October, sheep from Scrapie Monitored or Probationary Flocks must be separated from other sheep as set down below.

 

  1. There must be complete separation of the two categories of sheep at the sale (monitored animals including probationary monitored animals and non monitored animals). Ideally, this would mean a separate entrance and exit for each group, separate loading and unloading areas, separate penning areas for each of the three groups and separate sale rings for each of the three groups.

 

  1. In locations where all of the above may not be possible, the minimum requirement would be for separation of loading and unloading areas and of penning areas also. A sheep-free alleyway should separate the two penning areas at least 12 feet wide.

 

  1. If only one sale ring is available the procedures set out in the following two options must be adhered to.

 

    1. The sheep from the Scrapie monitored flocks must be offered for sale first, followed by non-monitored animals or
       
    2. The ring can be divided by gates into two sections to ensure that each of the two categories of animals is confined to a unique part of the sales ring.

 

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – GOATS

 

 

Identification

All goats must be identified individually with a pair of approved ear tags bearing the same number, one in each ear, issued in accordance with the requirements of the National Goat Identification System (NGIS).

 

 

Movement Documentation

All consignments of goats being moved must be accompanied by a completed dispatch document.  Only goats from herds/holdings that are not under restriction can be moved to shows.

 

 

AIM Notification

The movement of goats to and from an Agricultural Show within the State must be recorded on AIM.  This is done using a copy of the keeper’s goat dispatch document as follows:

 

  1. The owner/keeper presents the signed and completed dispatch document to the show secretary who checks that it is completed in full.
  2. The show secretary fills in the MART section of the dispatch document with (i) the show number, (ii) the date of the move back to the source holding, (iii) stamps it with the show stamp and (iv) signs it.
  3. The show secretary then forwards the completed yellow section of the dispatch document to the local RVO within 7 days of the show movement.
  4. The show secretary keeps white copy for his/her records.
  5. The source/destination keeper keeps the bottom blue copy to enter it into their herd register.

 

Ultimate responsibility for fulfilling this requirement lies with the Show Secretary. 

 

 

Herd Register

All movements of goats to and from shows must be recorded in the keeper’s goat herd register.

 

 

Attendance of goats from monitored herds at shows and sales in 2018

 

Shows between 1st May and 31st October

Goats from Scrapie Monitored Herds will be permitted to attend Agricultural Shows taking place between 1st May and 31st October, without additional controls or separation from other categories of goats.

 

Shows outside of the 1st May and 31st October Period

For shows taking place before 1st May or after 31st October, goats from Scrapie Monitored or Probationary herds must be separated from other goats as set down below.

 

1.            There must be complete separation of Scrapie Monitored/Probationary goats from other categories of goats at the show. Ideally, this would mean a separate entrance and exit for each group, separate loading and unloading areas, separate penning areas for each of the two groups and separate sale rings for each of the two groups.

 

2.            In locations where all of the above may not be possible, the minimum requirement would be for separation of loading and unloading areas and of penning areas also. A sheep free alleyway should separate the two penning areas at least twelve feet wide. If one show ring only is available, the goats from the Scrapie monitored herds must be shown first.

 

 

Sales between 1st May and 31st October

Goats from Scrapie Monitored Herds will be permitted to attend sales taking place between 1st May and 31st October, without additional controls or separation from other categories of goats.

 

 

Sales outside of the 1st May and 31st October Period

For sales taking place before 1st May or after 31st October, goats from Scrapie Monitored/Probationary Herds must be separated from other goats as set down below.

 

  1. There must be complete separation of the two categories of goats at the sale (monitored animals including probationary monitored animals and non monitored animals). Ideally, this would mean a separate entrance and exit for each group, separate loading and unloading areas, separate penning areas for each of the three groups and separate sale rings for each of the three groups.

 

  1. In locations where all of the above may not be possible, the minimum requirement would be for separation of loading and unloading areas and also of penning areas. A goat free alleyway should separate the two penning areas at least twelve feet wide.

 

  1. If only one sale ring is available the procedures set out in the following two options must be adhered to.

 

a.    The goats from the Scrapie monitored herds must be offered for sale first, followed by non-monitored animals or

 

b.    The ring can be divided by gates into two sections to ensure that each of the two categories of animals is confined to a unique part of the sales ring

 

 

For enquiries regarding the NGIS, please contact the Sheep and Goat Identification and Movement Section, AIM Division on. 01 5058723.

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – PIGS

 

 

Identification

All pigs must be identified by means of an approved ear tag on movement off the holding. Breeding stock must be individually identified i.e. the letters IE, a five character herd registration and an individual number, while other stock are required to have a herd identification i.e. the letters IE and a five character herd registration.

 

 

Movement Documents

All consignments of pigs which are being moved must be accompanied by a completed dispatch document. The dispatch document should reflect the movement to and from the show.  The owner of the animal(s) retains all three copies of the document.

 

 

Animal Health Status – Aujeszky’s Disease

Ireland is now officially recognised as being free from Aujeszky’s Disease. Therefore pigs from any pig holding may be sent to shows.

 

 

Export of Pigs to Shows

Exhibitors are asked to contact the NPITS help-line (details below) if they wish to show pigs at an Agricultural Show in another Member State.

 

 

Movement Notification

The movement of pigs to and from shows must be notified by phone to the central movement database on 0818 191000.  Notification of movements to a show must be made at least 24 hours before the movement takes place. Movements of pigs into the herd on return from a show must be made within 24 hours of the pigs returning to the holding. 

 

 

NPITS Help-line

For assistance on any aspect of the National Pig Identification and Tracing System (NPITS), contact the NPITS help-line on 01-5058881.

 

 

Requirement to register pig shows in advance with the Department

Shows must be notified to the Department to ensure that they are recorded on the central database.  Accordingly it is not possible to accept movement notifications for unlisted shows.  Thus if an exhibitor intends to show pigs, even small numbers of pigs on a “once off” or an irregular basis, at shows, it is important to check that such shows have been notified to the Department.

 

An exhibitor can check if a show is listed and recorded on the central database of the Department by contacting the Department help–line on 01-5058881.

 

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – POULTRY

 

 

Restrictions on the movement of poultry and captive birds may vary depending on the international and local situation with regard to Avian Influenza.  Therefore Show organisers should contact the local RVO prior to organising an event to confirm whether any restrictions are in place at the time of the show.

 

Further information is available at

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/avian_influenza/informationonshowsexhibitionsraces/

 

 

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – HORSES AND OTHER EQUINES

 

 

Premises Registration

As from 1 May 2012, any premises (which includes shows, fairs and markets) where horses or other equines are gathered must be registered with the Department. Owners/persons in charge of such gatherings are required to submit a completed application form for registration and to keep records of movements on/off their premises.

 

Records must be retained for at least 3 years as they may be required by the Department for the purposes of tracing disease. Records required are 

 

  • The name and address of the owner/person in charge of the premises from which the equine came;
  • The premises registration number from which the equine came and
  • Passport number/UELN number of the animal

 

It is important therefore that Show organisers should contact their local Regional Veterinary Office in advance so that consideration can be given to compliance with the requirements outlined above.

 

Further information is available at:  www.gov.ie - Application for registration of an Equine Premises under the Control on Places where Horses are Kept Regulations 2014.

 

Equine Identification

All Equines (which include horses, ponies and donkeys) must be identified in accordance with EU and national legislation.

  • It is an offence to be in possession of an equine that is not properly identified. 
  • Equine passports must be issued by approved Passport Issuing Organisations [PIOs] not later than 12 months from the date of birth of the animal and, in any event before the equine leaves the establishment of birth for a period exceeding 30 days, except in limited circumstances.  The passport is valid for the lifetime of the animal.  A list of the PIOs approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is set out in Appendix 4.
  • Microchip - all equines issued with a passport after 1st July 2009 must have a corresponding microchip implanted by a veterinarian, the details of which are recorded in the passport and in the central equine database, thereby creating a link between the passport and the animal.

In respect of each equine in his/her care, a keeper must ensure that

  •  the equine is registered with an approved PIO;
  • the animal’s passport is issued in accordance with EU and national legislation;
  • he/she is in compliance with the provisions of the legislation whereby the passport issued in respect of the equine must accompany the animal whenever it is moved to events such as shows, sales and to slaughter plants, etc.

 

Further information is available from Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, - at Livestock Breeding, Production and Trade Division, Farnham St, Cavan (Phone +353 49 4368200) in respect of studbook equines and from Animal Identification and Movement Division, Backweston Administration Building, Stacumny Lane, Celbridge, Co Kildare, W23 X3PH (Phone +353 1 5058881) in respect of equines that do not qualify for entry into a studbook.

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – Exotic/Other Animals (including Llama, Alpaca)

 

 

CODE OF PRACTICE – BIOSECURITY

 

Show organisers are reminded of the need to comply with the code of practice on biosecurity and cleansing and disinfection measures as set out earlier in this document for all animals which are to be presented at a show.   

 

A full list of exhibitors should also be maintained for all animals present.

 

Llama and Alpaca (camelids /even toed ungulates) –  TB Animal Health Status / other

 

  1. These animals should not be accepted at a show if they are from a farm or holding on which the bovine herd is restricted for TB.

 

In addition:

 

  1. Llamas/Alpaca attending the shows from Northern Ireland must be accompanied by a Directive 92/65EC health certificate issued by DAERA (or DEFRA - England or Seerad - Scotland). In addition these animals should not mingle with animals not similarly certified whilst at the show.

 

 

For further enquiries regarding the showing of exotic/other species, show organisers should contact the Veterinary Inspectorate in the local Regional Veterinary Office prior to organising an event to confirm whether any further restrictions or requirements are in place at the time of the show.

 

 

 Application Form for a Certificate of Compliance for the Movement of Bovine from a Single Holding to a SHOW

 

NBAS 31K

Appendix 1

SOURCE HERD NUMBER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

NAME                         __________________________________________

 

ADDRESS                   __________________________________________

 

__________________________________________

 

PHONE NUMBER     __________________________________________

 

ENTER THE HERD NUMBER OF THIRD PARTY INVOLVED (IF ANY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER THE EARTAG NUMBER OF EACH ANIMAL PROPOSED TO MOVE IN THE SPACES PROVIDED

 

PLEASE NOTE - A calf that has not attained the age of ten days cannot move to a Show

 

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