Deputy Jackie Cahill
Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Food and Horticulture Jackie Cahill has said that the primary producer cannot be expected to carry the entire cost of the mandatory extension of electronic identification (EID) tagging to all sheep.
Deputy Cahill was commenting during a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and Food where representatives from Meat Industry Ireland and the Department of Agriculture made presentations and the issue of tagging was discussed.
“No one can deny that tagging brings with it many benefits, but to ask the primary producer to incur all of the costs is unfair and counterproductive.
“Tagging would probably cost 3 to 4 per cent of the total value of the animal, thereby making it even less economically viable for the sheep farmer to keep going.
“The Minister admitted that he expects an underspend in the Sheep Welfare Scheme, and I made the point that this could be used to help cover some of the costs associated with mandatory tagging,” said Deputy Cahill.