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Sheep Breeding

BREED IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES

Sheep Ireland is responsible for sheep breeding. It commenced operation in 2008, with the funding provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It has an industry based decision making structure and a database to meet the information needs of the sheep breeding sector, and the wider industry. It has developed structures for sheep breeding in Ireland along similar lines to that achieved by ICBF for cattle breeding. Contact www.sheep.ie for further information.

LICENCE TO PRACTICE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION AND EMBRYO TRANSFER IN SHEEP

The practice of Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer in sheep is prohibited except under licence issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the Disease of Animals Act, 1966 (Foot and Mouth Disease) (Control on Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer in Sheep) Order, 2001, (S.I. No. 381 of 2001).

Licences to practice artificial insemination and embryo transfer in sheep may be granted only to registered veterinary surgeons.

APPROVED OVINE SEMEN COLLECTION CENTRES

Ovine semen collection centres are regulated under the European Communities (Trade in Animals and Animal Semen, Ova and Embryos) Regulations, 1996 (S.I. No. 12 of 1996). Trade in ovine semen must be carried out in accordance with these Regulations.

Please note persons intending to apply for an approval for an ovine semen collection centre are advised to contact the Department at the outset so as to obtain full information on the approval process. 

*Application Forms and information for export/import of ovine semen may be obtained at address below.

APPROVED OVINE SEMEN STORAGE CENTRES

Premises where ovine semen is stored must meet specified EU standards. The centre must be placed under the permanent supervision of a centre veterinarian approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Please note persons wishing to apply for an approval for an ovine semen storage centre are advised to contact the Department at the outset so as to obtain full information on the approval process.

PURE-BRED SHEEP AND GOAT FLOCK-BOOK

A Flock Book is any book, register, file or data medium, which is maintained by a recognised organisation and in which ovines and caprines are registered with reference to all their known ascendants. The operation of a flock-book is regulated under the European Communities (Pure-Bred Sheep and Goat Flock-Book) Regulations, 1994 (S.I. No. 16 of 1994).

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is the Competent Authority for granting approvals under this legislation subject to the applicant having complied with the criteria for approval.

*Application Forms and further information on the above can be obtained from Livestock Breeding Section, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Farnham Street, Cavan. Tel: 049 4368293, Fax: 049 4361486.