Yesterday saw the announcement that the much debated cattle tag levy would become mandatory and see a 38 cent levy placed on each tag sets sold. We asked our reader what their thoughts were on the new measures and the results speak for themselves.
71% of polled readers said they are not in favour of the Cattle Tag levy.
73% believe the .38 cent levy is too much.
And if given the choice 74% of readers would opt out of payment of the levy.
The compulsory 38 cattle tag levy is to be introduced in Autumn this year following an official announcement from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.
The move comes to allow for the continuation of the ICBF through the funding and approved cattle tag suppliers will be required to make the contribution to the ICBF.
Minister Creed said:
‘I am aware of the valuable contribution ICBF has made to the dairy and beef sectors. Genetic gain has delivered over €500m of extra profit to the industry overall. Improved breeding through the Economic Breeding Index has produced better milk solids and more fertile dairy herds. The Eurostars index has delivered improved carcass weights and conformation to beef herds. Farmers have been the main beneficiaries of the work being done by ICBF over the last twenty years and it is essential that this continue into the future.’
The ICBF was established in 1998 following a number of years of industry consultation among all stakeholders in the cattle breeding industry. The objective of the ICBF is to achieve the greatest possible genetic improvement in the national cattle herd for the benefit of Irish farmers, and the dairy and beef industries, and its own members, by collecting, collating and distributing available information and data of practical and scientific interest, and by promoting the exchange of all such information and data amongst breeders of cattle in Ireland.
ICSA suckler chairman John Halley has said that the decision to make the ICBF levy compulsory on all new born calf tags from 1 November should be preceded by an open and transparent debate about the best model for funding ICBF and its role in the development of cattle and sheep breeding.
The Minister did not consult with ICSA on the decision to make this levy compulsory, which Mr Halley described as unacceptable. “We need a more comprehensive debate about the direction of cattle breeding in the context of dairy expansion, in a country where beef and cattle exports are still phenomenally important.”