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We have always prided ourselves in offering a comprehensive help desk operation which we offer to all our valued customers.

Our helpdesk is operated by fully trained staff with over 25 years experience in animal identification helpdesk support roles.

We are committed to proving solutions and helpful information to support our entire product range. we are here to guide you through the entire end to end process. We welcome your calls and feel free to contact us at any time with your comments, enquiries or feedback.

Contact Information

Cormac Tagging Ltd
MG Business Park
Galway Road
Co. Galway, H54 VK09
Reg. No. 397418

Business Hours

Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm

Questions and Answers

Cattle Questions

Sheep & Goat Questions

Pig Questions

We take great pride in our customer service. Prior to contacting us, view our FAQ and support videos first as we have a lot of helpful information.

Yes, from 1st July 2022 all calves born must be tagged with a white electronic and yellow tissue tag set.

No, our universal applicator which you have from us, applies the new electronic tag sets.

Yes, it is a legal requirement to replace a lost electronic tag set with another electronic tag set, similar if you lost a single electronic tag, you must replace it with a single electronic tag.

No, all approved suppliers work from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) AIM database.

Regardless of which supplier you use, the DAFM will issue the same tag numbers automatically.

No, our tag application method is different, and we would ask you to carefully read through our instructions and guides before proceeding to tag.

Please see "How to Apply Tags" Video for detailed instructions.

No, our Universal Applicator allows you to apply both Electronic tags and Tissue Tags sets without modification as demonstrated in our Tag Fitting Guides and Videos.

All new sets of calf tag runs will require the purchase of our Universal Applicator at €25.95.

If your individual requirement for speed of application or convenience for loading tags, you can convert your old applicator to a visual tag applicator with a change of pin and use our Universal Applicator to apply the tissue tag.

  • Our Universal Applicator will apply both ear tags without any changes or modification.
  • Can be used with both Cattle and Sheep Tags

No, the red top is used as an indicator that this side should always be at the back of the calf’s ear as demonstrated in our Tag Fitting Guides and Videos.

If you do not have our Universal Applicator, but have an Allflex® applicator; a special Applicator Pin can be inserted into the Allflex® applicator allowing you to apply specific tags using the Allflex® applicator

Please note that this applies to:

  • Electronic Tags
  • Replacement Tags

You WILL require our Universal Applicator to apply any of our Tissue Tag sets or Replacement Tissue Tags.

Yes, we can supply all of your replacement tag needs.

This includes the following replacement tags

  • Tags issued since Nov 16
  • Tags issued between 1999-2016
  • Tags issued before 1999
  • • Any tags on imported animals.

Labs that are currently approved for testing our tags include:

  • Agri Diagnostics Dunrine, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
  • Animal Health Laboratories Shinagh House, Bandon, Co. Cork. 023-8854-100.
  • Independent Milk Laboratories Shercock Road, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan. 042-9675-353.
  • Enfer Labs Unit T, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare.
  • Farm Lab Diagnostics Emlagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.
  • FBA Laboratories Ltd Carrigeen Industrial Estate, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.
  • Scottish Agricultural College SAC Veterinary Services, Greycrook, St Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland TD6 0EQ

Please check Animal Health Ireland (AHI) if the lab you use is not currently listed here or give your lab a call to inquire. As labs are approved by AHI, they will be added to this list.

The tag is supplied with desiccant (little white balls within the sample tube) to assist preserve the sample.

Best practice guidelines state that the sample should be kept at room temperature before posting to lab within 7 days.

Ensure that the male cutter is attached to the tip of the male tag when applying the tissue tag and it should then be closed in one swift straight-line action.

The cutter cuts a clean piece of tissue from the calf and then automatically seals the tube airtight with the sample inside.

Please see "How to Apply Tags" Video for detailed instructions.

Please contact us and order a supplementary button tag in order to collect a second piece of tissue for BVD testing.

More information reagrding the requirements govering the identification and registration of animals are available on

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