The Tag saga is nearing an end
The first approved companies for the new cattle tag system have been announced. Euro Tag produced Mullinahone Co-op will be the first to sell their tags.
The approval covers the full range of cattle tags including sampling and electronic. A rise in cattle tags prices has been expected and Euro Tags have stated their will be an increase in price from them. A move which the IFA have warned over.
IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has said that farmers should recieve finincial support to counter this price rise.
A department statement said:
“These requirements include that the tags are tamper-proof and are not re-usable, as objectively assessed by independent experts. This process will enable the supply of approved tags from 1 November next. The new arrangements will remain in place until 31 December 2017.”
It is expected that Cormac tagging will also be approved by the department this weekend. Ursula Kelly of Cormac Tagging informed That’s Farming;
‘This is the biggest month of the year in regards tagging so we want to just start selling.’
The department has given no reason to Ursula why it has staggered their approvals. Cormac tagging has a background in sheep tagging controlling 35% of the electronic sheep tagging market and hopes that consumers will make the switch.
‘One of the key features of the tag is its a tamper proof tag and its a one action tag, so the sample is safe and contained there’s no need to put it into the vial.’
Ursula said they have had a fantastic response from consumers. Their tags will be priced competitively.
‘We just want to get started there’s 30,000 tags a day bought every November, our product is good, we have a new website ready to launch and our price will be competitive.’
Thats Farming contacted the department of Agriculture regarding the staggered announcements but as of time of publsihing they had not responded.