Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Scrutiny of EU Proposals

Photo of Lynn BoylanLynn Boylan (Sinn Fein)
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I apologise if my question came up earlier during the presentation. We are talking about a database that will record the microchips. The previous briefing document sent around by the Department outlined the rules on the number of litters a breeding bitch would have and the Department's worry was how it would be policed. The understanding is that the new microchip database will help to police that. Is it envisaged that the database that is to be put in place will have up-to-date information so we can track the mother, the pup and the stud dog, and we can monitor the information around how many litters each female is having? Is that going to be part of the traceability and enforcement of the regulation around the number of litters?