Identification and Registration of Bovines

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 to the Subsidiary Legislation 437.84, REGULATION (EC) No 1760/2000 and REGULATION (EC) No 911/2004​.

All MDP Producers adopted the new simplification measures, were they are given an amount of new ear tags and they are responsible for the tagging of all new born calves on their farm. The procedures adopted are as linked here​.

On the other hand, for producers that have bovine animals but are not MDP producers, a team consisting of Veterinary Support officers are responsible for putting ear tags on the new bovine births after the farmer notifies the Directorate.  The new tags are then updated onto 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 farmers make a request for transfer at our offices, the officer checks if there are any issues on both farms and if the request can be accepted, a movement permit is issued.​

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