Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the publication of the new step by step guide to the national sheep identification system by the Department of Agriculture.
“At long last this guide provides some clarity to the confusion caused by the introduction of the new electronic identification system,” stated Denis Naughten.
“Since the introduction of the new system in 2010 farmers have been snowed under with paperwork with instructions on how the new system is to operate and this has added to the confusion associated with the system.
“For farmers this can have serious financial consequences in terms of penalties and the introduction of the new step by step guide will help to provide some clarity by bringing all the required information into one easy booklet.
“This is a positive step by the Department of Agriculture and must be welcomed, but it is disappointing that such a document was not available earlier,” concluded Denis Naughten.