Cattle tag order numbers are up for Mullinahone Co-op this week but Cormac Tagging have still not received green light from Department to sell their tags.
As reported previously by That’s Farming the long running and illegal tender process by the Department of Agriculture has still not been rectified. Cormac Tagging have been approved to take orders for their tags but an IT check by the Department which was due to be finished by today has still not been completed adding further delay to the companies attempts to sell their tags.
The IT delay has raised questions due to the fact that Cormac Tagging already sell sheep tags to 30% of the market and as reported previously by That’s Farming, the department had checked the companies IT system before.
Éamon Ó Cuív of Fianna Fail told Thats Farming that;
‘Its an utter disgrace I have never seen such obstructionism overall in relation to dealing with an issue.
A third applicant Datamars have been approved to sell their tags. The world wide company currently operates in a number of different markets.
A request for clarity on the process was submitted to the Minister for Agriculture, and the following response was received:
"The Department has previously made it clear that the approval of the suite of ear tags submitted by the company concerned was subject to the implementation by the company of IT systems which can interact with the Department’s Animal Identification and Movement computer system.
"This requirement applies to all approved tag suppliers. While compliance with this requirement is a matter for the company itself, the Department is in on-going contact with it to assist in implementing this requirement. It is expected that the company will have appropriate systems in place shortly and it can then be formally approved to supply ear tags.
"The process currently under way for the approval of bovine ear tags is not a tender."