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Minister Coughlan confirms supply of User-Friendly Flock Registers & Dispatch Documents to Sheep Flockowners

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, today confirmed that new sheep flock registers and dispatch documents were now being sent direct to 40,000 Irish sheep flock owners. An explanatory note on the completion of the documents will accompany these documents.

"These new documents meet EU requirements and reduce the amount of recording that will have to be undertaken by flock owners," said the Minister. "Dispatch documents will also be more user-friendly, with certain details pre-printed."

The Minister also confirmed that she was providing for a significant change to the tagging requirements for bought-in sheep under NSIS (National Sheep Identification System). Under the new arrangements, sheep bought for fattening may be tagged on exit from the new holding rather than on entry as required heretofore (however, all such sheep must be tagged by 1 May following purchase). This new regime will allow for sequential tagging and recording with a consequent reduction in workload for flock owners.

Minister Coughlan stated that the changes now being put in place following detailed discussions with producer representatives.

28 November 2006

Date Released: 28 November 2006