Sheep farmers are facing additional costs of almost €2 million euro per year, as a result of the decision to impose compulsory electronic tagging on all sheep from the 1st October next.

The Agriculture Minister Michael Creed announced the move last week, but farming organisations are unhappy with the level of consultation with them ahead of announcing the decision, and the costs involved for the 35,000 sheep farmers across the country.

The IFA National Sheep Committee delegation, led by Galway-based IFA President Joe Healy, met with Minister Creed and his officials yesterday to outline their concerns in relation the electronic tagging.

Séan Dennehy is the IFA National Sheep Chairman  - he says the sheep committee will meet tomorrow and will then make a submission to the Minister, at his request.

Speaking to Midwest News, Mr Dennehy said the additional cost burden on farmers is their biggest concern…

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