New Cattle Tag System


The new system should come into effect on November 1st.

New Cattle Tag System

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The new system should come into effect on November 1st.

From 1st November onwards, farmers can purchase tags from numerous, approved suppliers the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed.

The EU Commission have stated that it will take a further number of months to consider an application by Ireland for new proposed standards relating to tag approval.
Bovine ear tag suppliers must meet the requirements under EU legislation and specifications set by the Department.

Requirements created by the Department state that tags must be non-re-usable and tamper-proof, as objectively assessed by independent experts.

This will enable the supply from 1st of November 2016.

However, the new arrangements will remain in place until 31st December 2017.
Numerous tag suppliers have met with the Department and have been invited to submit applications for approval from 1st November 2016.

BVD:

As BVD testing of animals continues in Ireland, the ‘tissue’ tags used for BVD testing purposes can be approved as the second official ear-tag, as long as they meet the requirements of an identification tag, the Department has stated.

All applications will be assessed against the regulations of EU legislation relating to bovine identification, ancillary requirements which have been in place for several years including secure premises and the ability to interact with the DAFM IT system and which are designed to ensure the tag comply with all areas of regulations.

The DAFM will meet with stakeholders, the BVD Implementation Group and farm organisations to order to receive an update on these arrangements.

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