New numbering format on cattle tags comes into force next week
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will be introducing a new numbering format for cattle tags from November 2016.
A new numbering format is required for cattle tags to ensure that the numbering system in place in Ireland is compatible with a new EU-wide electronic identification (EID) format.
This requirement arises from EU regulations, which provides for herd keepers to have access to voluntary electronic identification (EID) and therefore requires Member States to have procedures in place to cater for voluntary electronic identification (EID) by July 2019.
The Department of Agriculture says that, while there is no intention currently to introduce compulsory EID, there is a need to change the numbering format for cattle tags to ensure that the Irish numbering system is compatible with the EID numbering format.
It says this change is necessary, in particular, to ensure that the Irish tag-numbering format poses no hindrance to live cattle exports.
There will be no change to herd numbers under the new arrangements – each keeper will retain the existing herd number.
Changes to Numbering Format