The highest percentage of breaches identified in sheep inspections in recent years remains issues with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Annual Sheep and Goat Census.

The census must be returned even if there are no sheep on the holding and failing to do so can leave the farm open to a potential penalty. The date of recording the census has been pushed back from mid-December to 31 December in recent years and this year will remain the same.