Movement of Livestock
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All bovines attending shows must be accompanied by their passports.
Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) Notification
Horses & Ponies
All Horses and Ponies in transit must be accompanied by their Passports under Dept. of Agriculture regulations.
The following information must be strictly adhered to: Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine – DAFM Important notice regarding Movement of Sheep to Show.
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.
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 owner’s sheep dispatch document as follows:
The following information must be strictly adhered to: Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine – DAFM Important notice regarding Movement of 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:
The following information must be strictly adhered to as per Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
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.
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.
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. Copies of dispatch documents should be kept for a minimum of 3 years.
All movements of pigs to and from shows must be recorded in the keeper’s pig herd register.
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.
Movement of Pigs to Shows in another Member State
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.
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 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.