Cormac Tagging approved as second cattle tag supplier

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Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Cormac Tagging has today been approved by the Department of Agriculture as an official supplier of cattle tags in Ireland.

It comes after months of wrangling that allowed the market for cattle tags to be opened up in Ireland.

Until this year Mullinahone was the only approved cattle tag supplier in Ireland. However, a legal challenge to the tender for the supply of cattle tags this year saw the Department change its stance on only having one supplier of tags.

Three companies were given the OK to supply tags, but must get final approval from the Department and Cormac Tagging received that approval today.

Cormac Tagging has been given approval to supply three types of cattle tags - the conventional tag; an electronic tag and a tissue tag that is suitable for BVD testing.

Datamars Ireland is the third company that has applied for approval but is still waiting official sign off from the Department.

The approval of Cormac Tagging marks the first time in 15 years that farmers will have the option of buying tags from any company other than Mullinahone.

Farmers are required to tag calves within 21 days of birth to comply with the regulations and failure to do so can result in penalties in the event of a cross-compliance inspection. Mullinahone has said that order numbers are back 40pc year on year and said farmers could face a bottleneck in getting tags this year.

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