Stock brands, ear tags fees go up

The Livestock and Livestock Products Board (LLPB) previously known as the Meat Board of Namibia has announced an increase in stock brand and ear tag fees. This announcement was made in the government gazette No 573.

The new fees will see the registration of a brand increase from N$152 to N$163, transfer of brand has increased from N$55 to N$59. On the other hand, the duplicate certificate of brand will increase from N$96 to N$103.

The communique said the stock brand fees increased as from 1 January as per government regulations.

The LLPB said as the mandated administrator of the stock brands informed cattle farmers of the updated fees.

The Livestock and Livestock Products Board said the annual increase is based on the average annual inflation rate which is 7.1% as per Bank of Namibia Consumer Price Index (CPI).

“All State Veterinary Offices, Meat Board Offices, Agriculture Farmers Unions and Associations and Livestock Agents are requested to implement the notice as from 1 January 2023,” said Dr Anja Boshoff-De Witt, Executive Meat Standards at the Livestock and Livestock Products Board said.

In a related development, the LLPB announced an ear tag selling price increase from 1 February 2024.

The Livestock and Livestock Products Board said it has for the past eight years not increased the selling price of ear tags to producers.

“However, increases in production cost, shipping cost and administrative cost has necessitated the LLPB to adjust the selling price to continue delivering the service on a cost recovery basis,” the announcement said.

The new selling price for ear tags will be the tandard cattle ear tags costing N$24 per set, large cattle ear tags N$27 per set, standard cattle ear tags for the protection zone, N$24 per set, standard cattle ear tags for the infected zone N$24 per set and small stock ear tags N$4.85 per set.

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