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Intra-Community trade in pure-bred breeding sheep and goats
The European Union (EU) harmonises the rules applicable to the trade in pure-bred breeding sheep and goats on its territory.
The Directive lays down common rules governing the trade in pure-bred breeding sheep and goats on European territory.
Sheep and goats
This Directive applies to:
- pure-bred breeding sheep and goats whose ancestors are entered or registered in a flock book * of the same breed and which is itself entered or registered and eligible for entry therein;
- semen, ova and embryos of these animals.
Member State obligations
Member States may not prohibit, restrict or impede on zootechnical grounds:
- trade in purebred breeding sheep and goats and their semen, ova and embryos on EU territory;
- the official approval of breeders' organisations which maintain or establish flockbooks.
Member States compile and update a list of authorised breeders’ organisations which are responsible for creating and maintaining the flock books before communicating it to the other Member States and the public.
Common rules at European level
The Commission is assisted by the Standing Committee on Zootechnics in determining:
- the criteria for recognition of breeders' organisations and associations which maintain or establish flockbooks;
- the criteria for entry or registration in flockbooks;
- the methods for monitoring performance and assessing the genetic value of purebred breeding sheep and goats;
- the criteria for the approval of a breeding animal for the purpose of the use of its semen, ova, and embryos.
At the time of their marketing, pure-bred breeding sheep and goats, as well as their sperm, ova and embryos may be accompanied by a zootechnical certificate if the Member State requires it.
Imports from third countries
The rules applicable to imports of pure-bred breeding sheep and goats and their sperm, ova and embryos must be at the least equivalent to those which govern trade between the EU Member States.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
OJ L 153, 6.6.1989
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
OJ L 219, 14.8.2008
The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 89/361/EEC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.