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The introduction of Bovine Electronic Identification (EID) in Wales will be later than anticipated.

First published:
2 December 2020
Last updated:

We do not expect official Bovine EID tags to be used until 2023 at the earliest.

We are currently working with the industry on proposals to amend:

  • identification
  • registration, and
  • movement reporting

requirements for all livestock. The public consultation detailing these proposals launched on 30 September 2021 and closes 2 January 2022.  The outcome of the  consultation are expected to be announced in Spring 2022.

We recommend that you only order enough conventional tags to cover calves expected in 2022.

We will update you towards the end of 2022 about the timing of the introduction of Bovine EID. We are not able to provide definite timescales for implementation yet. Proposals are subject to legislative amendments and Bovine EID tag availability.

We will publish updates to this situation in Gwlad. We will also share details with industry groups, as they emerge.