Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has today (February 1st) announced the commencement of the first tranche of payments under the EID sheep tag subsidy scheme.
Minister Creed revealed that payments totaling €365,000 have now issued to 5,300 sheep farmers throughout the country, with further payments due to be issued once farmers purchase their first tags later in the year.
The new scheme, confirmed by the Minister in August 2018, sees a maximum amount of up to €100 payable for the first order for EID tags purchased by farmers after 01 October 2018. Sheep farmer DO NOT need to make an application for this payment, with the department instead calculating the amount due to each farmer under the scheme.
Payments will be issued to farmers on a quarterly basis, the Department have confirmed.
The Scheme -
The EID sheep tag subsidy scheme is designed to assist sheep keepers with the transition to the introduction of mandatory EID of all sheep with effect from 1 June 2019.
The introduction of mandatory EID is now required as the current national sheep identification system is widely acknowledged to be very complex, with an over-reliance on the manual transcription of individual sheep identification numbers.
The extension of electronic identification will not only simplify the sheep tagging system but will significantly reduce the recordkeeping requirements for sheep farmers moving sheep to livestock marts, slaughter plants and export assembly centres. It will also provide a more accurate and robust sheep traceability system in support of animal health and public health objectives and thus support the further development and sustainability of the sheep industry.
The Department stated that the moved into a full EID system will help protect Ireland’s long-standing reputation as a safe and secure food producer, whilst also putting Ireland’s sheep traceability system on par with systems in competitor companies.