Following a meeting between the IFA and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed last week, the Minister has requested the IFA make a submission on electronic tagging of sheep.
The IFA National Sheep Committee met last week and agreed the main aspects of the submission to the Minister. The IFA submission will focus on the case that farmers cannot be expected to carry the costs of EID tagging when the main benefits will be going to the factories, the marts, the Department and the tag suppliers.
Sean Dennehy said: “In line with the case we made strongly to Minister Creed when we met him last week, the IFA will be proposing that the Department has to find a way to ensure that the €2m cost of EID is not borne by the farmer.”
Mr Dennehy said farmers are extremely annoyed and angry with the decision by the Minister to impose EID without consultation and feel particularly aggrieved over the attempt to impose the excessive cost of EID on farmers.
He said: "This is totally unacceptable."
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