That’s Farming poll respondents displayed a mixed reaction to the possibility of a Bovine EID programme in Ireland. 51% shared the opinion that all cattle should be identified electronically, while 49% of those polled disagreed.
We then asked ‘do you think that the electronic identification of cattle would result in an improved traceability system?’ - 46% answered yes, while 54% said no.
In response to ‘A Bovine EID system could remove cattle passports. Do you agree with this?’ - 43% agreed, while 57% disagreed.
The Scottish Bovine EID Stakeholder Group called from the roll-out of a voluntary Electronic Identification pilot by the end of the year. The group was established in a bid to prepare Scotland for the eventual introduction of electronic tags for cattle. While a Bovine EID programme has been discussed previously by Irish stakeholders, the sheep sector will lead the way later this year.
The mandatory extension of electronic identification to all sheep will come into effect from October, 1st, 2018. This means that all sheep sold from this date onwards must be tagged. Lambs under 12 months of age moving directly to slaughter from the holding of birth will be required to be identified with a single electronic tag.
All other sheep will require an EID tag set comprised of two tags – one conventional tag and a corresponding electronic tag; however, a conventional tag and an EID bolus will be permitted also.
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