SHEEP and goat keepers in Wales are being reminded to submit their annual inventory form by February 1 to avoid potential penalties.

The form can be submitted by either logging onto the EID Cymru website - - or by returning the paper form in the pre-paid envelope.

Once the form has been submitted keepers will receive a receipt, which should be kept for record keeping purposes.

Farmers who no longer keep sheep and goats and aren’t planning on keeping any in the next 12 months need to de-register as a keeper with APHA by calling 0300 3038268.

FUW policy officer Charlotte Priddy said: “The annual inventory of sheep and goats is a legal requirement and it is vital that you recorded all the sheep and goats of which you are the registered keeper, by CPH location, on January 1.

"The number of sheep / goats you declare must include breeding sheep, rams, ram lambs, store and finished lambs, cull ewes / rams, goats and any other sheep.

“It is important that you do this to avoid a potential cross-compliance penalty and an increased likelihood of an inspection.”

Anybody requiring assistance can contact the EIDCymru service helpline on 01970 636959 or e-mail