Marts and factories ‘not obliged’ to install systems for reading EID tags
The revelation that factories and marts will not be obliged to install systems for reading EID tags has been described as “ludicrous”.
Chairman of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association’s (ICSA) Sheep Committee, Sean McNamara, said: “The onus is now on the Department of Agriculture to make the installation of the necessary systems compulsory as a matter of urgency.
“Sheep farmers cannot be expected to fork out for electronic tags if they’re not going to be read.”
However, even with an exception secured for lambs under 12 months moving directly to slaughter to only require a single electronic tag; the estimated bill for sheep farmers is €20 million per year.
Continuing, McNamara said: “The reality is that mandatory EID tagging has been forced on us. It will do nothing that would result in sheep farmers achieving a better price.
“Neither will the consumer benefit as there is no additional traceability gained from their use.
We were told that EID was a market requirement but if the factories and marts are allowed to adopt an indifferent attitude, why are we wasting our money?
Concluding, McNamara said: “The least we should be able to expect is that the need for written dispatch dockets would be eliminated and that the factory or mart would be able to print off the necessary paperwork.”