The introduction of compulsory electronic tagging of sheep from 1st October next is unworkable, according to the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association, which has called for the starting date to be deferred.

The farming group also says that, if Minister Michael Creed persists with the October 1st start date, a derogation would be required for all lambs traded before this with a single conventional tag.

Vice-President of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association Brendan Joyce says his two main concerns with the Minister's decision to introduce compulsory electronic tagging from the start of October are the timing, and the cost.

 

 

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