Kerry farmers who sell pet lambs to unregistered individuals may be in breach of department regulations

Kerry farmers who sell pet lambs to unregistered individuals may be in breach of department regulations.

In response to a number of pet lambs for sale, both in local print media and online, the Department of Agriculture has reminded herd owners of the requirements of the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS).

In recent weeks, pet lambs have been offered for sale on various media.

The Department of Agriculture says that, under the NSIS, all flock owners must be registered with the department, all sheep must be tagged and all sheep movements must be recorded.

The department says it’s not permissible for an individual with no herd number to receive sheep or lambs from a farmer.

Prior to moving off a holding, an animal must be tagged and accompanied by a dispatch document, which is completed by the registered owner from whose farm the lamb is moving; the recipient is also required to notify this movement to the department.

Farmers or individuals not abiding by these requirements may be in breach of Department of Agriculture rules.