The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced further details on the extension of mandatory electronic identification to all sheep.
Since his announcement last May of mandatory electronic identification to all sheep, he says his dept has engaged with stakeholders in relation to the practical concerns raised in introducing the new system and has made some adaptations.
Minister Creed says the new requirements will now be introduced in two stages as follows:
With effect from 1st October 2018, all National Sheep Identification System (NSIS) approved tag suppliers will only sell two tag types:
single electronic slaughter tags (for animals less than 12 months for lambs moving directly from the farm of birth to slaughter), and electronic tag sets (for all other sheep movements).
With effect from 1 June 2019 all sheep moving off a holding must be identified electronically, requiring either a single electronic slaughter tag, where lambs less than 12 months of age are moved directly from the birth holding to a slaughter plant, or an electronic tag set, in the case of all other sheep movements.
There will be a once-off payment of up to a maximum of €100 per farmer, which will be related to the purchase of electronic tags from 1 October 2018. This is double the previous proposed figure of €50 payment. In the context of simplification, sheep farmers will not need to make an application for this funding, as the Department is in a position to use its records to calculate the amount due to each farmer under the scheme.