New Legislation

Changes from 1st January 2015

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
Farmers applying for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), which replaces the current Single Payment Scheme (SPS) on January 1st, 2015, will need to use the new Common Agricultural Policy Information Service – an online system which is designed to be as simple, affordable and effective as possible.

Although the new scheme does not begin until January 1st, 2015, online registrations are expected to open before this date to allow the process of registering to begin. Click Here for more information on about the online registration system, when things are happening and what farmers need to do.

Feed Hygiene
All Livestock keepers whether you just feed your livestock grass, buy in knuts or you mix your own complex feed must be registered. Registration is free of charge, simply complete the form and return it to the market staff or post it to Hannah Williams, Public Protection, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. For more information please contact Hannah Williams Shropshire Council Animal Health Team 07990085381 Download forms.

Sheep & Goat ID
As from 1st January 2015 all lambs being identified from this date, on any holding in England, must be identified with either double electronic tags (breeders) or a single electronic slaughter tag (Prime lambs and/or store lambs).

Lambs born in 2014 and identified with a single non-electronic slaughter tag do NOT need to be re-tagged when moved after 1st January 2015. These lambs can continue to be identified by batch flock number recording .   

Cull ewes   – As from 1st January 2015
Those individually identified with old style manual/non-electronic tags (The historic flock) – The LAA, NSA and NFU are recommending that sheep keepers re-tag these sheep at the time they leave their holding with replacement double electronic tags. 
However the rules do permit:

Sheep being moved as a batch direct to slaughter (this includes through a market to slaughter) using the old manual tags as the identifier and listing the total number of animals in the consignment only – i.e. as batch on the movement document, with no individual numbers listed, or recorded.

Sheep moving to a non-abattoir holding, or through a market to a non-abattoir holding, they must have their individual manual/non electronic tags. It is advisable that sheep keepers re-tag their historic flock with double electronic tags to ensure that full market value can be achieved.

For further information about changes in legislation call Defras's helpline on 08459 335577 or Click Here to visit their website.