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ICSA CALLS FOR MORE CHOICE ON CATTLE TAGS

Jun 13, 2016 | Press Releases | 0 comments

13 JUNE 2016

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said he is in favour of choice when it comes to the supply of cattle tags. “Choice in this case means we need more than one supplier. Price is an important factor but so too is durability as the cost of replacing tags has to be considered”, he said.

“We have seen the risk associated with losing tags, with farmers having to face heavy penalties. It is for these reasons that choice, durability and cost all need to be factored in. Competition is the best way of ensuring value for money for farmers.”

Continuing, Mr Kent said “ICSA is also calling for transparency when it comes to the issue of ICBF levies. Farmers need to be advised of their options with this levy. They have a choice regarding payment or non-payment of this levy and this choice must be made clear when ordering tags.”

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