Dispatch documents: Factory agents and mart managers report a rise in the number of farmers presenting sheep for sale accompanied with old dispatch documents. It is happening most often with store lamb finishers, some of whom report they had missed updates relating to the new dispatch booklets when they were circulated. It is important to check that you are using the correct booklet, as sheep cannot be traded with old dispatch documents. Your local district veterinary office should be contacted regarding lost booklets and ordering new booklets.

Tag numbers do not need to be recorded on dispatch documents where sheep are traded through a central point of recording (CPR). The five main export plants – Dawn Meats, Irish Country Meats Camolin and Navan plants, Kepak Athleague and Kildare Chilling are all registered as a CPR.