HC Deb 09 February 2001 vol 362 c721W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review the use of yellow tags used to label cows(a) to consider if there is a better alternative tag available and (b) to reconsider the £5 replacement fee for damaged or lost tags. [148845]

Ms Quin

[holding answer 7 February 2001]: The requirement for cattle eartags is laid down in European Union legislation (Council Regulation 1760/2000). Any changes therefore would need to be agreed at EU level.

Eartags authorised for official cattle identification are supplied to the industry by a range of eartag manufacturers. The price they charge for replacement tags is a commercial matter. Farmers may be able to reduce their costs by selecting an alternative supplier. We are currently investigating the principal reasons for loss or damage to cattle eartags with a view to helping the industry minimise the need for replacement tags.