COMPENSATE FARMERS FOR FAILED EID PROJECT – ICSA

9 APRIL 2019

ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has called for the contentious EID project to be scrapped and said that farmers should be compensated for being forced to waste money on electronic tags. “The feedback I’m getting from factories and marts is that they are not going to install EID tag readers or issue an electronic printout for sheep and lambs presented for slaughter, meaning farmers will still have to fill out dispatch books as normal.”

Mr McNamara said, “Farmers have no choice but to EID tag and bear this extra cost for absolutely no reason. It is of no benefit to anyone if EID readers are not compulsory in all marts and factories. With costs continually rising and incomes falling, there was little appetite among sheep farmers for the introduction of mandatory EID tagging to start with, but anger is setting in at this waste of money now.”

Concluding Mr McNamara said, “In light of this, ICSA is calling on Minister Creed to scrap compulsory EID tagging and compensate farmers for money wasted purchasing EID tags. There is no justification for putting this expense on farmers for a system that’s not working.”

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