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National Sheep Identification System (NSIS)

The EU-wide system for the identification and registration of ovine (sheep) and caprine (goats) animals are set down under Council Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 of 17 December 2003 (as amended).  These rules are implemented in respect of sheep in Ireland under the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS).

Under the NSIS, all flock owners must be registered, all sheep must be tagged and details of all sheep on farms and all sheep movements must be fully recorded.  This system, which encompasses producers, marts, meat factories and others, provides that Ireland has full traceability for all sheep, on an individual basis.

Click here for information on:

Sheep Flock Register

Sheep Dispatch Documents

Sheep Identification and Tagging Requirements

Approved Tag Suppliers for the National Sheep and Goat Identification Systems (NSIS and NGIS) (doc 149Kb)  

NSIS Information Booklet (pdf 1,843Kb) 

Further information on any aspect of NSIS may be obtained by contacting the NSIS Helpline on 1890 252 713 or by contacting your Local District Veterinary Office or by writing to the following address:

Sheep Identification & Movement Section,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Backweston Campus,
Youngs Cross,

NSIS Helpline: Lo-Call 1890 252 713