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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Farmers may soon be able buy cattle tags from three different suppliers

Published 24/11/2016 | 10:33

This week the Department of Agriculture confirmed that it has received three applications to date under the approval process. 
This week the Department of Agriculture confirmed that it has received three applications to date under the approval process. 

An application from a third company looking to be come an official cattle tag supplier is currently being assessed by the Department of Agriculture.

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The Department introduced new arrangements earlier this year to move from the supply of bovine ear tags by a single supplier based on a competitive tender to an arrangement under which all tag suppliers who meet the standards and conditions set down by the Department will be approved to supply tags in Ireland.

The new arrangements came into effect on November 1, 2016.

This week the Department of Agriculture confirmed that it has received three applications to date under the approval process. 

One applicant (Mullinahone Co-op) has been approved. The Department says it has decided to grant approval to a second applicant (Cormac tagging) for the supply of official bovine identification tags to herd keepers, subject to completion of the IT system in a manner that meets the Department’s requirements. 

While, a third application is currently being assessed by the Department.

New process

Unlike the previous arrangements, which involved the selection of a suite of ear tags submitted by a single supplier based on the “most economically advantageous tender”, the new approval arrangements provide for the approval all ear tags which meet the standards set out in the Tag Approval document. 

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According to the Department, applications for approval from tag suppliers are assessed against the requirements of EU regulations relating to bovine identification, as well as the necessary ancillary service requirements, such as secure premises, ability to interact with the Department's IT system, data security, etc. 

It says the suitability of the tags is objectively assessed by independent experts and applications are evaluated by an Evaluation Committee.

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