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Irish Bovine Animal Identification System

The aim of the Bovine Animal Identification System is to guarantee the safety of beef and beef products by the operation of an effective animal identification and tracing system. The system has four elements: tagging, bovine passport, on-farm bovine herd registers and a computerised database.

The important aspects of each of the elements of identification are as follows:

NOTIFICATIONS TO AIM

Keepers of cattle are obliged to notify the Department of the movement of cattle to and from their holdings. In the case of cattle sold privately, the source keeper must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from the Cattle Movement Notification Agency or on-line from the Department's website prior to the movement of any animal off the holding. Both the source and destination keepers must confirm within 7 days of the event that the movement has taken place. Keepers must also notify the Department of on-farm deaths.

ON-LINE FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO FARMERS WITH BOVINE ANIMALS

A number of on-line facilities are available under the AIM system that allows farmers to:

Farmers must register with the Department's Agfood.ie facility to avail of the on-line services, which are available free of charge. This can be done by clicking on the Agfood icon on the Department's website www.agriculture.gov.ie and following the simple instructions. Farmers can also contact the eService Helpdesk (LoCall number 1890 252 118) to register over the phone or to obtain a paper application.