Equine Premises Number - FAQ

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Related Legislation

Control on Places where Horses are Kept Regulations 2014 (S.I. No 113 of 2014) - view PDF.

    FAQs

    (Source: Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine DAFM)

    • It is FREE to apply.
    • Applicant must be over 18, however, if you are under 18, the head of the household can apply instead.
    • Equine Premises Number (EPN) is about managing disease control in the event of an outbreak and NOT about identifying your horses.
    • You will need an EPN to apply for:
    • You must supply contact details for your vet and an emergency vet contact details.
    • The "Equine Keeper" must supply your PPS number*
      *any natural person responsible for equines. The term “Keeper” is not intended to imply ownership of the equines under his/her control. * Keeper details are not required in the case of equine enterprises (such as shows, sales, gymkhanas, racecourses, hunts, veterinary hospitals, farriers, pounds, studs, fairs) to which temporary movements are the norm
    • You must keep records of movement of your horses.

    What is an equine premises?

    This means any premises (with or without land) in which a horse, ass, mule, pony, donkey etc. is kept either on a full-time ‘permanent’ basis (farms etc) or an enterprise (such as shows, sales, gymkhanas, racecourses, hunts, veterinary hospitals, farriers, pounds, studs, fairs etc) to/from which equine movements take place.

    What is the purpose of registration?

    The reason for registering and record keeping is so as to enable the Department to have information on the location of horses and their contacts with other horses in order that in the event of a disease outbreak, owners can be identified and advised of any necessary precautions.

    A disease outbreak (such as Equine Infectious Anaemia) in the national equine herd could have a catastrophic effect on the national equine industry which makes a major contribution to the national economy.

    By registering your location with the Department, you are making your contribution to protecting the national equine herd.

    Who must register?

    Anyone who owns or has charge of a premises (including land) on which there are equine regardless of whether he or she owns the equines or the premises or the land.

    What are the consequences if I decide not to register my premises?

    Since it is a legal requirement that premises where equines are kept be registered with the Department, you may be prosecuted. Also, if you don’t register your premises, you will not be able to register your horse, obtain a passport or have your horse slaughtered for human consumption.

    Is there a fee?

    No, Registration is free of charge. The purpose of registration is simply to enable the Department to have information on locations of horses and their contacts with other horses in order that in the event of a disease outbreak, owners can be alerted and advised of any necessary precautions.

    Is registration an annual requirement?

    No, Registration is once-off. The Department should be notified if the owner/person in charge changes or the premises are no longer used to keep equines so that the details on the register can be changed.

    What responsibilities will a registered person have?

    Registered persons must keep records of the equines on the premises and the movement of equines off and on to the premises. The extent of record keeping will depend on the nature of the business at the premises. For example, owners of premises where a pet pony is kept will simply have to keep a record of the pony initially. Thereafter, any births and purchases /deaths and sales (or other permanent movements off or on to the premises)will need to be recorded. They do not need to record short term (not more than a 24 hour period) movements to shows, farriers etc.

      Persons in charge of enterprises such as stud farms/shows/sales (where horses from different premises are congregated or gathered ) will have to keep records of the dates of movement on/off and  UEL (unique equine label) or passport number  of each equine attending . The premises registration number, owner name and address of the horse’s premises of origin or destination will also need to be recorded. These types of premises are already keeping records and the additional record keeping will involve recording of the equine premises registration number of the participating equine.

      Hunt clubs/events  are required to register as their premises their contact address and usual meeting point/showgrounds  and will be required to keep a record of equines congregating on the day of the hunt/show.  Such organisations might consider it helpful to create a master record in advance to include premises registration numbers of prospective participants.  

      As soon as a premises is registered, it will be given a registration number and information as to what type of records are required for the premises. For example the movement of a horse from a trainer’s yard to a racecourse or gallops and back again does not need to be recorded by the trainer (but would need to be recorded by the racecourse). Similarly the movement of a pony from its owner’s stables to a gymkhana and back again does not need to be recorded by the owner (but does need to be recorded by the Gymkhana organiser). The movement of a hunter from its owner’s farm to the hunt and back again does not need to be recorded by the owner (but does need to be recorded by the hunt organisers).

      There will also be a requirement to provide information to the Department by way of a census of animals carried out from time to time.

      Q: I am the manager/person in charge of a racecourse; Do I have to keep records of horses arriving and departing on a raceday?

      As detailed Turf Club records of all horses entered/racing already exist, the existing system is sufficient and no extra record keeping is necessary.

        However where arrangements are made for schooling of horses at the track, it will be necessary to record details if not already being done.

        My horses are all identified with a microchip and horse passports. Is this not enough?

        No. These are separate systems. The horse passport regime is an animal identification system rather than a movement system. The Premises registration concerns the location at which equines are kept and records in respect of horses on those premises for the purposes of trace back in the event of a disease outbreak . You will not be able to register your horse, obtain a passport or have your horse slaughtered for human consumption unless you have registered your premises.

        I have a bovine herd no. Will I get a different herd number for horses?

        No, unless the nominated equine keeper is different from the person who is registered as keeper for the bovine herd in which case, a new herd number will be issued in respect of the equines. In all cases, you should complete the application form indicating that you are already registered with a bovine herd number and indicate the relevant keeper and the number and purpose for which you keep horses. If the nominated keeper is the same as for the existing bovine herd, your herd registration will be updated to include equines.

        I am giving my land for the running of events/hunts.  Do I have to register?

        The owners of the meeting point/show grounds/event locations do not have to register. Hunt clubs/event organisers/persons-in-charge are required to register as their premises their contact address and usual meeting point/showgrounds  and will be required to keep a record of equines congregating on the day of the hunt/show.  Such organisations might consider it helpful to create a master record in advance  to include premises registration numbers of prospective participants to avoid having to complete detailed records on the day.  

        How are records to be kept?

        The Department is not specifying how (hard or soft copy) records are to be kept. A template will be issued on registration purely as a means of informing which records are required and these forms may be copied and used if convenient.

        Note: Completed application forms should be returned to the local Regional Office – a full list of the regional offices is available at www.agriculture.gov.ie/contact/localoffices.