1 Title, application and commencement

The title of these Regulations is The Cattle Identification (Wales) Regulations 2007. They apply in relation to Wales and come into force on 6 April 2007.

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2 Interpretation

2Interpretation

(1)    In these Regulations—

“cattle” means bovine animals, including bison and buffalo;

“cattle passport” means—

(a)    a cattle passport issued in England, Wales or Scotland under Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000;

(b)    a cattle passport issued under the Cattle Passports Order 1996; and

(c)    a movement document issued under the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2000 or the equivalent measure in Scotland, England or Northern Ireland;

“holding” means any establishment, construction or, in the case of an open-air farm, any place in which cattle are held, kept or handled;

“inspector” means a person appointed to be an inspector for the purposes of these Regulations by the National Assembly or a local authority;

“keeper” means any person responsible for animals, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, including during transportation or at a market;

“local authority” means in relation to an area the county council or county borough council for that area;

“National Assembly” means the National Assembly for Wales of Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ;

“previous cattle tagging legislation” means—

(a)    the Cattle Identification Regulations 1998;

(b)    the Bovine Animals (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995;

(c)    the Bovine Animals (Identification, Marking and Breeding Records) Order 1990;

(d)    the Tuberculosis (England and Wales) Order 1984; and

(e)    the Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 1984;

“Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000” means Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council (establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97);

“valid”, in relation to a cattle passport, means a cattle passport that has been correctly completed and signed in the appropriate place by each keeper of the animal and the identification number and description of the animal in the passport correlate to the ear tags and the animal.

(2)    Any approval, authorisation, licence, notice or registration issued under—

(a)    these Regulations,

(b)    Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000;

(c)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 911/2004 (implementing Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards ear tags, passports and holding registers); or

(d)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 644/2005 (authorising a special identification system for bovine animals kept for cultural and historical purposes on approved premises as provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council),

must be in writing, may be made subject to conditions and may be amended or revoked by notice in writing at any time.

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3 Notification of holdings

Part2 3Notification of holdings

(1)    An occupier of a holding who begins to keep cattle on that holding, and any person who takes over the occupation of a holding where cattle are kept, must notify the National Assembly within one month of—

(a)    his or her name and address; and

(b)    the address of the holding.

(2)    When it receives notification under paragraph (1) the National Assembly must issue a herdmark for each holding.

(3)    The occupier must notify the National Assembly of any change to the information in paragraph (1) within one month.

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4 Ear tags

Part3Identification and Registration of Cattle 4Ear tags

Schedule 1 (ear tags) has effect.

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5 Registration of cattle

5Registration of cattle

Schedule 2 (registration of cattle) has effect.

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6 Cattle passports

6Cattle passports

Schedule 3 (cattle passports) has effect.

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7 Notification of movements and death

7Notification of movements and death

Schedule 4 (notification of movement or death) has effect.

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8 Records

8Records

Schedule 5 (records) has effect.

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9 Charging for information

Part4General 9Charging for information

The National Assembly may make a reasonable charge for providing information that is stored in the database required by Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 and provided in accordance with the second paragraph of Article 3 of that Regulation.

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10 Powers of inspectors

10Powers of inspectors

(1)    An inspector may, on producing a duly authenticated document showing his or her authority, if required, at all reasonable hours enter any land or premises for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been any contravention of—

(a)    these Regulations;

(b)    Title I of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000;

(c)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 494/98 (laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97 as regards the application of minimum administrative sanctions in the framework of the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals);

(d)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 509/1999 (concerning an extension of the maximum period laid down for the application of ear tags to bison)

(e)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 911/2004; and

(f)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 644/2005,

and in this regulation “premises” includes any place, installation, vehicle, ship, vessel, boat, craft, hovercraft or aircraft.

(2)    The power to enter premises only includes a power to enter domestic premises if they are being used in connection with the provisions in paragraph (1).

(3)    An inspector may carry out all checks and examinations necessary for the enforcement of the provisions in paragraph (1), and in particular may—

(a)    collect, pen and inspect any cattle, and may require the keeper to arrange for the collection, penning and securing of cattle;

(b)    take samples;

(c)    examine any records in whatever form, and take copies of those records;

(d)    remove and retain any records or documents (including passports) relating to these Regulations;

(e)    have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material that is or has been used in connection with records, and may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford him or her such assistance as he or she may reasonably require;

(f)    where records are kept by means of a computer, require the records to be produced in a form in which they may be taken away;

(g)    require production of any unused ear tags and record their numbers; and

(h)    take with him or her a representative of the European Commission or any other person he or she considers necessary.

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11 Powers to restrict movements

11Powers to restrict movements

In accordance with the second paragraph of Article 22(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000, an officer of the National Assembly may serve a notice on a keeper of animals on a holding restricting the movement of cattle to or from the holding if he or she is satisfied that this is necessary for the proper enforcement of that Regulation, these Regulations, Commission Regulation (EC) No 494/98, No 509/1999, No 911/2004 and No 644/2005, and any person who fails to comply with that notice is guilty of an offence.

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12 Slaughter of unmarked animals

12Slaughter of unmarked animals

The National Assembly is the veterinary authority and the competent authority for the purposes of Article 1(2) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 494/98.

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13 Obstruction etc

13Obstruction etc

(1)    A person who—

(a)    obstructs any person acting in the execution of these Regulations;

(b)    without reasonable cause, fails to give to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any assistance or information that that person may reasonably require of him or her for the purposes of his or her functions;

(c)    furnishes to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any information that he or she knows to be false or misleading; or

(d)    fails to produce a passport, document or record when required to do so to any person acting under these Regulations,

is guilty of an offence.

(2)    Any person who provides false information in any notification made under these Regulations is guilty of an offence.

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14 Offences by bodies corporate

14Offences by bodies corporate

(1)    Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under these Regulations, and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of—

(a)    any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate; or

(b)    any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,

he or she, as well as the body corporate, is guilty of the offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2)    In this regulation “director” in relation to a body corporate whose affairs are managed by its members, means a member of the body corporate.

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15 Penalties

15Penalties

A person guilty of an offence under these Regulations is liable—

(a)    on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both;

(b)    on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

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16 Enforcement

16Enforcement

(1)    These Regulations are enforced by the local authority.

(2)    The National Assembly may direct in any particular case or class of case that it will enforce them instead.

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17 Revocations

17Revocations

The following are revoked insofar as they apply in relation to Wales—

(a)    the Bovine Animals (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995;

(b)    the Cattle Identification Regulations 1998;

(c)    the Cattle Database Regulations 1998;

(d)    the Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 1998;

(e)    the Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 1999;

(f)    the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2000;

(g)    the Cattle Database (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002;

(h)    the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002;

(i)    the Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 2006; and

(j)    the Cattle Database (Amendment) Regulations 2006.

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Signature

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998

D Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

13 March 2007

SCHEDULE 1 Ear Tags

SCHEDULE 1Ear Tags Regulation 4

Enforcement of Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000

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(1)    The National Assembly—

(a)    is the competent authority for the purposes of approving ear tags for the purposes of Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000; and

(b)    on application from a manufacturer of approved ear tags, must issue unique identification codes for the purposes of that Article, conforming with the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 1 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 911/2004 (except that he may refuse to allocate numbers in the circumstances set out in Article 1(5) of that Regulation).

(2)    The person responsible for identifying cattle by means of an ear tag applied to each ear in accordance with Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 is the keeper.

(3)    In accordance with Article 4(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000—

(a)    in the case of a dairy herd, the keeper must apply one ear tag to the calf within 36 hours of birth and the second tag within 20 days of birth;

(b)    in the case of any other herd (other than bison) the keeper must apply both tags within 20 days of birth;

(c)    in the case of bison, in accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 509/1999, the keeper must apply both tags when the calves are separated from their dams or within nine months of the birth, whichever is the sooner.

(4)    Any person who fails to comply with the requirement in Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 to apply an ear tag within the period specified in paragraph (3) above is guilty of an offence.

Form of ear tags

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(1)    Ear tags applied under Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 must be approved by the National Assembly.

(2)    In accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 1 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 911/2004, both ear tags must have the logo specified in paragraph 11 (in the case of a two-piece ear tag, both pieces must have it), the letters “UK” and the unique number allocated by the National Assembly.

(3)    In accordance with Article 1(3) of that Regulation an ear tag may also have a bar code.

(4)    The power in Article 4 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 911/2004 (a power to choose other material or model for the second ear tag) may be exercised by the National Assembly.

Movement from a holding

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(1)    Subject to paragraph (3), any person who moves an animal from a holding in breach of the third paragraph of Article 4(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 is guilty of an offence.

(2)    Subject to paragraph (3), any person who moves from a holding cattle that should have been tagged or marked under previous cattle tagging legislation and that are not correctly tagged or marked is guilty of an offence.

(3)    If an animal at a market is not correctly tagged or marked, an inspector may issue a licence to the keeper permitting the animal to be moved from the market to a holding specified in the licence.

(4)    Any person who moves an animal in breach of the licence or any condition of the licence is guilty of an offence.

Replacement ear tags

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(1)    The National Assembly is the competent authority for the purposes of Article 4(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000, and any person who either removes or replaces an ear tag (or an ear tag attached under previous cattle tagging legislation) without permission in contravention of that Article or Article 4(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 is guilty of an offence.

(2)    If a keeper of an animal born in Great Britain on or after 1 January 1998 discovers that an ear tag has become illegible or has been lost, he or she must, within 28 days of the discovery, replace it with another ear tag bearing the same number (which must be a primary tag if the original was primary, or a primary or secondary tag if the original tag was secondary) and failure to do is an offence.

(3)    If a keeper of an animal born in Great Britain before 1 January 1998 discovers that an ear tag has become illegible or has been lost, he or she must, within 28 days of the discovery, either re-tag it with another single tag, or re-tag it with double tags in accordance with these Regulations, and any person failing to do so is guilty of an offence.

(4)    If an animal born outside Great Britain loses an ear tag the keeper must, within 28 days of discovering that the ear tag has been lost, re-tag it using a replacement tag that has—

(a)    the crown logo specified in paragraph 11; and

(b)    the original identification code,

and any person failing to do so is guilty of an offence.

(5)    It is an offence to apply an ear tag to an animal if it has previously been used to identify a different animal.

(6)    It is an offence to apply an ear tag to an animal if the ear tag number has already been used on a different animal.

(7)    Paragraphs (2) to (4) do not apply to the occupier of a slaughterhouse or the operator of a market.

Change of ear tag number

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If an animal born before 1 January 1998 is re-tagged with a different ear tag number, the keeper must, within 14 days of the new ear tag being attached and in any event before the animal is moved off the holding, notify the National Assembly of the new ear tag number and return the old cattle passport with an application for a new cattle passport to be issued with the new ear tag number, and failure to do so is an offence.

Ear tags for animals kept for cultural or historical purposes

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(1)    A person who keeps cattle for cultural or historical purposes may apply to the National Assembly to have his or her holding registered for this purpose in accordance with Article 1 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 644/2005.

(2)    If the National Assembly has approved a holding for these purposes, the derogation relating to tagging in Article 2 of that Regulation applies provided that the cattle are identified by means of an electronic identifier contained in a ruminal bolus.

Temporary marks

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If an animal is not tagged in accordance with these Regulations or previous cattle tagging legislation, an inspector may apply an identification mark to it.

Intra-Community trade

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It is an offence to consign an animal for intra-Community trade unless it is tagged in each ear with an ear tag approved by the National Assembly in accordance with Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000.

Imports from third countries

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(1)    Any person who fails to apply ear tags to an animal imported from a third country within 20 days of the animal being released from the border inspection post at which it was imported, and in any event before the animal leaves the holding of destination, as specified in Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000, is guilty of an offence.

(2)    It is a defence for any person charged under this regulation to prove that—

(a)    when the animal was imported, the holding of destination was a slaughterhouse, and

(b)    the animal was slaughtered within 20 days of leaving the border inspection post.

Alteration and storage of ear tags

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(1)    It is an offence to alter, obliterate or deface an ear tag applied under Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 or previous cattle tagging legislation, or a temporary mark applied by an inspector in accordance with paragraph 7 (application of temporary marks).

(2)    Any person who has in his or her possession unused ear tags issued for the purposes of these Regulations must keep them in a secure place, and failure to do so is an offence.

Logo for ear tags

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The crown logo for ear tags is—

(This illustration is currently unavailable. Please see the original.)

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SCHEDULE 2 Registration of Cattle

SCHEDULE 2Registration of Cattle Regulation 5

Registration

1

It is an offence to fail to register an animal in accordance with this Schedule.

Method of registration

2

(1)    An application to register an animal must be made to the National Assembly.

(2)    Registration is by means of an application for a passport.

(3)    The application must be made—

(a)    using the National Assembly's interactive website;

(b)    using software approved by the National Assembly; or

(c)    in writing, using the application form provided by the National Assembly,

and must provide all the required information.

Registration of birth

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(1)    When a calf is born its keeper must register it within 7 days from the date it is tagged (or, in the case of a dairy herd, from the date on which the second ear tag is applied to the animal).

(2)    In the case of bison, the time limit for registration is 7 days from the birth of the calf, whether or not the animal has been tagged, and the application must state the tag number intended to be used for the animal.

Registration of cattle brought in from another member State etc

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(1)    If cattle are brought in from another member State, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Northern Ireland, the keeper must, within 15 days of an animal arriving at the holding of destination—

(a)    register it with the National Assembly, and

(b)    surrender its cattle passport (if any) to the National Assembly.

(2)    If cattle are brought in from a place specified in paragraph (1) and the holding of destination is a market or a showground, the provisions of paragraph (1) do not apply until the animal reaches a holding that is not a market or a showground.

(3)    The requirement to register does not apply in relation to cattle at a slaughterhouse.

Cattle from outside the European Union

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(1)    In the case of cattle imported from outside the European Union the keeper must register an animal within 15 days from the date that the animal must be tagged in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000.

(2)    The requirement to register does not apply in relation to cattle at a slaughterhouse.

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SCHEDULE 4 Notification of Movement or Death

SCHEDULE 4Notification of Movement or Death Regulation 7

Notification of movement

1

(1)    A keeper must notify the National Assembly within three days of any movement of cattle on to or off a holding—

(a)    using the National Assembly's interactive website;

(b)    using software approved by the National Assembly; or

(c)    in writing, using the movement card provided by the National Assembly,

and must provide all the required information.

(2)    Failure to comply with this paragraph is an offence.

Notification of death

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(1)    When an animal is slaughtered in a slaughterhouse, the occupier of the slaughterhouse must notify the death by completing the death details in the passport and giving it to the official veterinarian or his or her representative at the time of slaughter.

(2)    If an animal is slaughtered outside a slaughterhouse but sent to a slaughterhouse for dressing, the keeper must complete the death details in the passport and send it with the animal to the slaughterhouse, and the occupier of the slaughterhouse must notify the death by giving the passport to the official veterinarian or his or her representative when the animal arrives at the slaughterhouse.

(3)    In any other case, when an animal dies or is killed the keeper must notify the death by completing the death details in the passport and sending it to the National Assembly within seven days.

(4)    If an animal does not have a cattle passport, the keeper must notify its death to the National Assembly in writing within seven days, and include the ear tag number, the date of death and the holding on which it died.

(5)    In this paragraph “official veterinarian” means the person appointed as such by the Food Standards Agency.

(6)    Failure to comply with this paragraph is an offence.

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SCHEDULE 5 Records

SCHEDULE 5Records Regulation 8

Making a record

1

(1)    In accordance with Article 7(1), first indent and Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 (keeping an up-to-date register) any person who fails to complete a register in accordance with this paragraph, is guilty of an offence.

(2)    He or she must complete it at the following times—

(a)    in the case of the movement of an animal on or off a holding, within 36 hours of the movement;

(b)    in the case of the birth of an animal in a dairy herd, within seven days of the birth;

(c)    in the case of the birth of an animal otherwise than in a dairy herd, within 30 days of the birth;

(d)    in the case of the death of an animal, within 7 days of the death;

(e)    in the case of a replacement ear tag where the ear tag umber is changed, within 36 hours of the replacement.

(3)    The register must contain the information in Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 911/2004 and, in addition, the identification of the dam (in the case of embryo transfer, the surrogate dam and, if known, genetic dam) (in the case of an animal born before 1 April 1995 that does not have an ear tag, the identification mark must be recorded instead of the ear tag number).

Provision of information

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Any person who fails to comply with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 (provision of information) is guilty of an offence.

Retention of records

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(1)    For the purposes of Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000, the register must be kept for 10 years in the case of a farm and 3 years in any other case, in both cases from the end of the calendar year in which the last entry was made; and any record made under the Bovine Animals (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995 must be kept for the same period.

(2)    Failure to comply with this paragraph is an offence.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

Earlier legislation

These Regulations revoke and remake insofar as they apply in relation to Wales the provisions of—

(a)    the Bovine Animals (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995;

(b)    the Cattle Identification Regulations 1998;

(c)    the Cattle Database Regulations 1998;

(d)    the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2000.

together with the amendments to those instruments.

Principal changes

The principal changes are as follows.

The Regulations now allow bison to be tagged up to 9 months after birth (paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 1).

They create an offence of transferring eartags between animals (paragraph 4(5) of Schedule 1).

They no longer permit the use of temporary calf passports.

They permit electronic registration of cattle (paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 2).

They change the £50 fee for replacement passports to a fee reflecting the cost of issue (paragraph 4 of Schedule 3).

They simplify the provisions on records (Schedule 5).

The Regulations

The Regulations enforce—

Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council (establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97);

Commission Regulation (EC) No 494/98 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97 as regards the application of minimum administrative sanctions in the framework of the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals;

Commission Regulation (EC) No 911/2004 (implementing Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards ear tags, passports and holding registers);and

Commission Regulation (EC) No 644/2005 (authorising a special identification system for bovine animals kept for cultural and historical purposes on approved premises as provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council).

They provide for notification of a holding to the National Assembly if cattle are kept there (regulation 3).

They make provision for eartags (regulation 4 and Schedule 1), registration of cattle (regulation 5 and Schedule 2), passports (regulation 6 and Schedule 3) and notification of movement and death (regulation 7 and Schedule 4).

They provide for records to be kept in the form specified in Schedule 5.

They provide for the enforcement of the Regulations (Part 4). They are enforced by the local authority (regulation 16).

Breach of the Regulations is an offence, punishable—

(a)    on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both;

(b)    on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

A full regulatory appraisal of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business and the voluntary sector is available from the National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ.