The DAFM has forked out circa €1.7 million to approximately 58,000 farmers under year 1 of the Bovine EID tag subsidy scheme.
Under the scheme, which runs from 2022-2024, farmers will receive €1 towards the cost of each new EID tag set purchased, up to a maximum of €100.
The DAFM introduced the scheme to assist farmers in transitioning to the new mandatory electronic identification system.
It requires that all calves born after July 1st, 2022, must be identified with a tag set that includes an EID tag.
The EID tag subsidy scheme will last for three years.
EID tag payments
Payments under the EID tag subsidy scheme in 2022 were calculated on the number of new EID tag sets purchased at a rate of €1 per new EID tag set.
There is a maximum payment of €100 per farmer over the life of the scheme, and no application process will be required.
Farmers can only order annually the number of new tag sets required commensurate to the number of breeding females in the herd.
Eligible payment examples from the DAFM:
- A farmer who purchases 30 new EID tag sets each year will be eligible for a payment of €30 in each year of the 3 years of the scheme;
- A farmer who purchases 100 new EID tags in the year 1 will be eligible for a payment of €100 in year 1; however, they will not be eligible for further payments in years 2 or 3.
The minister outlined that EID will deliver a “substantial” improvement in the bovine identification system for farmers, livestock marts, slaughter plants, export assembly centres and vets.
This initiative aligns with and supports the Food Vision 2030 objective that Ireland will become a world leader in Sustainable Food Systems, enhancing consumer trust in our food systems.
Further, he outlined that it will lead to a safer working environment for all stakeholders with less reliance on manual checking of bovine tag numbers.
He added that herd keepers and livestock marts will save time in the event of misread animals or mismatched passports.