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A national consultation programme that showcases a state-of-the-art system of electronic identification of cattle in Scotland goes back on the road next week.
A second round of roadshows by ScotEID will explain the new scanning system to track and monitor Scotland’s cattle herd in real time, reducing paperwork not only for farmers and crofters but for markets and abattoirs.
The latest phase continues until mid-March with 15 meetings taking place in regions across Scotland and farmers and industry representatives are encouraged to learn more, after the first phase of meetings were well attended and resulted in useful feedback being made.
Scot EID’s Anna Robertson said: ‘We look forward to meeting more stakeholders during our roadshow programme which continues until March. Please come along and join the discussion and find out more about future-proofing the recording process through electronic data transfer.
‘It’s been great to have so many people coming along to find out more about technology that will shape the future of recording cattle movements in the industry for decades to come, bringing many benefits with it.
‘Farmers appreciate that this advance in technology will reduce paperwork, reduce handling of animals which brings health and safety benefits and will protect the coveted Scotch Beef brand status.
‘We’re finding sectoral and regional differences. Where there is a small number of cattle or small pedigree breeds, the farmer might want to continue to read tags manually on their farm or smallholding, and that’s fine.
‘In Orkney and Shetland, owing to cattle transportation by boat, we are already working on testing readers on the pier for the onward movement of cattle.
‘Some dairy farms operate low frequency in parlour systems, and that throws up points for further consideration. We’re keen to hear views and comments to help deliver the best possible system to farmers.’
To attend any upcoming meeting, contact the ScotEID team on 01466 794323 to allow for catering and seating arrangements.
ScotEID manages the database for recording animal movements in Scotland and has designed and developed the new recording system.
It will incorporate births, deaths and movements of cattle, replacing the British Cattle Movement Service’s (BCMS) Cattle Tracing System (CTS) for Scottish cattle keepers and provide an online line service and with the introduction of bovine EID and an Online Herd Register.
The new system embeds data experience from research and development and current data management by ScotEID, with the use of UHF technology bringing a number of new benefits.
The ScotEID database will bring together all farm livestock movement records within a central source and will lead to the removal of paper passports. It will be straightforward to use, will improve the speed and accuracy of traceability and reduce manual handling of cattle.
The plans are subject to Scottish Government approval.
The roadshows continue in 2020 as follows:
January 15 – Carfraemill Hotel, noon and 7pm
January 16 – Somerton House Hotel, Lockerbie 12 noon
January 22 – The Green Hotel, Kinross, 7pm
January 23 – Finavon Hotel, Finavon, noon
January 23 – The Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus, 7pm
February 4 – Lanark Mart, noon
February 10 – Columba Hotel, Oban, 7pm
February 11 – Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William, noon
February 24 – Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway, 7pm
February 25 – The Portree Hotel, Skye 7pm
February 26 – Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula, 7pm.
March 4 – Argyll Arms Hotel, Campbeltown, noon
March 5 – The Machrie Hotel, Islay, 11am
March 11 – Auchrannie Resort, Arran, 7pm
March 12 – The Glenburn Hotel, Bute, 7pm