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IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said sheep farmers are being unfairly scapegoated for deficiencies in some factories and at the Department of Agriculture inspection level on sheep tagging.

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IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said sheep farmers are very annoyed with the decision of Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to impose compulsory EID on all sheep.

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An IFA National Sheep Committee delegation, led by President Joe Healy, met with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and his Department officials this week on electronic tagging.

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Speaking following a meeting with the Department of Agriculture and representatives from the lamb factories and marts on sheep identification, tagging and EID, IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the EU regulation on sheep identification clearly provides that animals intended for slaughter under 12 months of age may be identified by an ear tag applied to one ear and there are no proposals to change this regulation.

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