Livestock identification and registration (I&R)

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you keep animals (livestock) in the Netherlands, you must comply with the regulations regarding identification and registration (I&R) of the animals. You are not allowed to keep, buy, sell, transport or move animals without registration.

UBN registration

It is compulsory to register where you keep your domestic farm animals, even if you merely keep these animals as a hobby. You must register with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijkdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO) if you keep:

  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Pigs
  • Pets (shelter or breeding, in Dutch)
  • Rabbits (commercial use)
  • Poultry (commercial, over 250 animals)
  • Hatching eggs (commercial use)

You will be assigned a unique business number (UBN) for the location where the animals are kept. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency passes your details on to the GD Animal Health. The GD Animal Health will send you a form for additional details. Your UBN becomes active only after GD has processed these details.


You must tag your animals with legally prescribed identification tags. You must also keep on-farm records of all animals that are on your holding.


You must report any changes with regard to:

  • births and deaths
  • movement of stock
  • imports and exports


For each bovine animal you plan to export, you require a cattle passport. This also applies to horses and pigs. For more information, please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (in Dutch).

Identification and registration system for poultry

The Poultry Flock Information System (Koppel Informatiesysteem Pluimvee, KIP, in Dutch) is the identification and registration system for the poultry sector. As a poultry farmer, you can enter data yourself to register day-old chicks and transfers of poultry.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO