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Submission of Samples

Packaging & Labelling

  • Place samples in a sealable bag within a padded envelope.
  • Write your name, address and herd number on the top left hand corner of the envelope.
  • Include the text ‘Exempt Animal Specimen’ on the back of the envelope.

Postal fees

From 1st February 2024, the minimum fee for submitting tags through the postal system (even for one tag) to a laboratory in Ireland or Northern Ireland is €2.95. This should be sufficient for up to 10 samples, provided they are packed flat, rather than bulked up within the envelope.

For larger numbers, it is advisable to take your package to the post office to ensure the correct postage is paid.

An Post have advised that they will retain envelopes where the correct postage has not been paid.