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Herd number in wills

  • 05-10-2022 5:38pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6

    Hi all,

    Would any one have experience of the following: If a herd number is not specifically mentioned in a will, does the herd no. automatically go to the recipient of the lands on inheritance? i.e. the lands and herd no. are attached to each other and travel together. Would Revenue or the Dept of Ag be best placed to absolutely confirm what happens?

    Appreciate any advice.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,277 ✭✭✭148multi

    Hit your local dvo, can't see it being of interest to revenue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,821 ✭✭✭✭wrangler

    Your local Department of Agriculture office is the best place to start

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,232 ✭✭✭Anto_Meath

    If there is cattle still in the herd then someone has to be appointed "herd keeper" it is usually whoever is farming the land that is appointed the keeper by the Department, but you have to contact the department and sign a form or two. Once probate clears and the will is sorted the herd number will be assigned. Things like entitlements will have to be sorted. If they aren't specifically assigned then that is something that needs sorting a solicitor should be able to advise on that.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,423 ✭✭✭893bet

    I don’t think so. Same as entitlements can be willed separately so can the herd.

    If the will mentioned “stock or animals” then the herd number could be inferred but in a contested will the herd could go into the “residual”.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 2,773 Mod ✭✭✭✭K.G.

    Can't understand 5his fascination with keeping herd numbers.anyone can one really.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,363 ✭✭✭epfff

    I would have thought a herd number was belongs to dept of AG and has no value.

    Entitlements and stock would have been owned by the deceased.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,762 ✭✭✭Sheep breeder

    Yes the herd number is assigned by the Dept, and can be restricted and revoked by the Dept, say for breaches of animal welfare or court convictions for say hormones etc, the herd number is given to a person and on death can be taken over by a relation with the consent of other family members and done through a solicitor. Have being down this road.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6 Marblerun

    Thank you for the responses. I'll check with the DVO and talk to the solicitor also.

  • Registered Users Posts: 650 ✭✭✭caddy16

    Do you know if the solicitor has to confirm who the herd keeper is in addition to completing the forms?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,232 ✭✭✭Anto_Meath

    No our solicitor didn't, but they did need a copy of the probate when everything was sorted. Just scanned it and emailed it in when it came through.

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