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Identification and Registration of Bovines

The Bovine ear tag:
Each bovine animal is identified with a unique number by means of two ear tags. Each ear tag bears the following information:
  • The two-letter country code for Malta – MT;
  • The Maltese logo;
  • A bar code;
  • A seven digit number, of which the seventh digit is a check number.


The Female Part of the Bovine yellow Ear Tag (back and front) The Male Part of the Bovine yellow Ear Tag (back and front)
​Female side of Bovine ear tag
      (62 mm × 71mm) YELLOW  ​
​Male side of Bovine ear tag
(62 mm × 71mm) YELLOW
 

Picture of a bovine with Ear Tags 
 
 

Regulation and Control of animal identification:

All measures are taken according REGULATION (EC) No 1760/2000 and REGULATION (EC) No 911/2004.

A team of Assistant Veterinary Support officer and Veterinary Support officer members is in charge to put ear tags on the births’ bovines and to report the new numbers to the office staff.  Than the office staff updates the National Livestock Database.

On farm another team composed of Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Support Officer and/or Assistant Veterinary Support Officer with a printout list (same list used for sampling and testing on farm) is in charge of:

  • Checking that the animals present on our list are present on farm
  • Verify any eventual incongruence regarding:

  1. Age
  2. Sex
  3. Breed
  4. Tampering of Ta
  5. Missing animal
  6. Animal not listed

  • ​All incongruence is then reported to the Control Unit.

Regulation and Control of animal movement:

All ruminants’ movements must be authorised by animal health unit. 

The farmer applies the request form and the Veterinary Officer checking the animal welfare and animal health status authorises or refused the request.

If the request is accepted the Veterinary Officer issues a movement permit. 


a description of how the movement of animals is done (process)

Movement document:

The Veterinary Regulation Directorate issues a movement permit document though the National Livestock Database so that one or more bovine animals may move from one holding to another. This document is accompanied by a Movement Report Document which is signed by seller and buyer at the time movement takes place and subsequently will be recorded in the National Livestock Database. 

Birth and Deaths Notification:

​​English Version ​                                Maltese Version