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THE National Sheep Association (NSA) says that it is ‘bitterly disappointed’ with Defra's decision to implement full electronic identification (EID) of sheep in England, including of lambs going direct to slaughter. Such animals, the NSA says, ‘pose no traceability or disease risk’.
Defra announced earlier this month that all lambs under 12 months old will have to be electronically tagged in England from 2015, with non-electronic batch tags for such lambs no longer being permitted. The announcement followed a consultation held between July and September this year which sought views on …