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Order No. 1276 on EU trade in sheep and caprines and their import from developing countries.

Type of law

The Order enforces regulations on trade of caprines which must only take place if the animals are accompanied by a health certificate, in adherence to EU provisions. The Health Survey for the issuance of health certificates must originate from the herd of origin. These certificates shall be valid only 10 days after their issue. In order for these animals to be traded, they shall not be affected by the following communicable diseases: Contagious agalactia of sheep (Mycoplasma agalactiae), contagious agalactia of goats (Mycoplasma agelactiae, M. capricolum, M. myco des subsp. Myco des "Large Colony") within the past six months. Paratuberculosis or caseous lymphadenitis, within the last year. Pulmonary adenomatosis, Maedi Visna or caprine viral arthritis/encephalitis in the last 3 years - however one year if the animals infected with Maedi Visna or viral encephalitis/arthitis are put down and their rests have reacted negatively to 2 samples at diagnostic laboratories.
In case of non-castrated rams: contagious epidydimitis (B. ovis) the last year and where the animal had been kept for 60 days prior to shipment and during the last 30 days prior to negative results which have been subject to additional tests.
In case of scrapie, trade of animals which have been kept in captivity since birth or the last from the age of 3 years must meet the following criteria: handlers must be under official veterinary supervision in accordance with guidelines set by the Food & Drug Administration (1); Animals must be identified (2); There shall not be recorded cases of scrapie (3); Sample surveys of animals have taken place in accordance with Regulation 876 of 29 april 2004 of the Food Authority's instructions (4); Only females included which meet same criteria.
Countries from which to import shall not have had foot and mouth disease cases over the past two years and animals shall not have been vaccinated for the disease for at least one year. Countries shall not have had cases of bluetongue, sheep and goat plague, epizootic haemorrhagic disease, sheep and goat pox and Rift Valley fever over the past year. Finally they shall have been free of vesicular stomatitis over the past 6 months.
Date of text
Entry into force notes
Entry into force on 31 December 2004.
Repealing Order No. 953 of 24 November 1994.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse om samhandel inden for Den Europ iske Union med f r og geder samt indf rsel af f r og geder fra tredjelande.