Equine Life Numbers

The world is shrinking. Globalization has seen Starbucks popping up from Seattle to Moscow to Shanghai. When you can be sure a chipper barista clad in a green apron will whip up your latte no matter what corner of the globe you're in, you can't be surprised that there are demands for a more streamlined system of global equine trade. With ever-increasing numbers of horses crossing borders for breeding, performance, and even consumption, there has been increased demand for a method to identify each individual equine. Since 2009, the EU has implemented regulations that require horses moving within the region to meet strict identification requirements. One of these requirements is that the horse in question possesses a Universal Equine Life Number, or UELN. What is a Life Number? The UELN is the internationally-accepted method for identifying a horse - a 15-digit alphanumeric code that is unique to every horse in…

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