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National Sheep Identification System (NSIS)

The EU-wide system for the identification and registration of ovine (sheep) and caprine (goats) animals are set down under Council Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 of 17 December 2003 (as amended).  These rules are implemented in respect of sheep in Ireland under the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS).

Under the NSIS, all flock owners must be registered, all sheep must be tagged and details of all sheep on farms and all sheep movements must be fully recorded.  This system, which encompasses producers, marts, meat factories and others, provides that Ireland has full traceability for all sheep, on an individual basis.

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Further information on any aspect of NSIS may be obtained by contacting the NSIS Helpline on 076 1064407 or by contacting your Local District Veterinary Office or by writing to the following address:

Sheep Identification & Movement Section,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Backweston Campus,
Youngs Cross,
Co. Kildare

NSIS Helpline: 076 1064407