To date, payments have been made to over 19,000 farmers under the Sheep EID Tag Subsidy Scheme, totalling €1.4m. The 2018 sheep census shows there are approximately 35,000 registered flocks in the country.

Under the scheme, there is a €1 subsidy for each electronic tag purchased in the first electronic sheep tag order, up to a maximum payment of €100 per person. A minimum order of 10 electronic tags is required.