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Livestock identification and registration (I&R)

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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 (in Dutch), 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)
  • Equidae (horses, ponies, donkeys and zebras)

You will be assigned a unique business number (UBN) for the location where the animals are kept. The UBN will be registered in the I&R system for animals (in Dutch).


You must tag your animals with legally prescribed identification tags. This makes it possible to identify the animals. You should also tag animals you keep as a hobby.


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. Horses, ponies, donkeys and zebras require a horse passport (in Dutch). A horse passport states the identification data and medical treatments an animal has had. For more information, please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (in Dutch).

Identification and registration system for poultry

Do you keep poultry for commercial purposes (250 or more animals)? You should report changes (input and output, in Dutch). Do you have a hatchery? You should report the number of hatching eggs each month (in Dutch). You can enter the data yourself in 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.

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