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Free guide charts tag rules.

TAG manufacturer and supplier Ritchey has produced a free guide to help sheep keepers confused by the rules surrounding electronic identification (EID).

The credit card sized fold-out guide aims to simplify the regulations, which came into force on January 1, by use of a flow chart.

The chart shows animals at the various stages of production and the relevant rules that apply at each point, such as when EID tags are needed and which identification procedures are necessary at each point.

It was put together by Linda Simms, the tagging specialist at the North Yorkshire-based company.

She said: "We understand that farmers are busy people, and appreciate that some of the new rules appear highly complex.

"We wanted to find a way of making the information easy to understand, and a flow chart seemed the best way to achieve our goal."

The guide is available via the Ritchey website at


KEEPING IT SIMPLE A sheep with EID tags.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2010
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