Livestock Identification

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Mark Williams Mark Williams Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost is of implementing EU Regulation 21/2004, on electronic identification, for an average-sized (a) market and (b) slaughterhouse.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

In England, we have produced a partial Regulatory Impact Assessment on the introduction of electronic identification (EID) for sheep and goats. This document is a work in progress. However, current estimates are set out in the following table:

£ million
Annual cost of EID:
Breeding sheep only All sheep
Markets 0.51 1.22
Slaughterhouses(1) 0.63 0.62
(1) Excludes recovery costs of transponders.

These costs are based on current prices and it is expected that they will reduce considerably as technology improves and economies of scale are exploited.

We do not hold information on the costs to average-sized markets and slaughterhouses.

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