The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has extended the deadline for submitting equine census returns.
Minister Charlie McConalogue announced that Monday 17th January 2022 is the new closing date as a result of some technical difficulties with the online system for submitting equine census returns.
The minister thanked horse keepers for the high level of engagement with the census so far as it aims to create an initial link between each equine in the state on census day and the premises where it is at that time.
The minister highlighted the potential benefits of such a link in terms of managing an equine disease outbreak.
In a statement, the minister said:
I regret that issues with our online system for submitting census returns has presented an obstacle to some equine keepers in attempting to make returns. My department is working hard to resolve these issues, which will be fixed as a matter of urgency.
“I would ask equine keepers for their patience while this fix is underway. In the meantime, anyone who was planning to submit a paper return should do so without delay,” added the minister.
The equine census closing date has been extended until Monday, January 17 due to some technical difficulties with the online system
— Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (@agriculture_ie) December 17, 2021