Minister announces EIDCymru commitment

DEPUTY farming and food minister Rebecca Evans recently issued further details on what farmers can expect when EIDCymru, an electronic system to record sheep movements in Wales, is introduced from November this year. The initial focus will be to enrol livestock markets and abattoirs to ensure that the system works effectively at these high volume premises. Full rollout for sheep keepers will be achieved by January 2016, in line with the proposed amendment to the Sheep and Goat (Records, Identification, Movement) (Wales) regulation. The deputy minister said: “This again demonstrates the Welsh Government’s commitment to looking at all ways of making improvements to farming practices and procedures in Wales. “I’ve been clear in my commitment to introduce a robust sheep and goat traceability system for Wales and EIDCymru will be developed with the interests of the sheep industry at its heart. “It will be user friendly, with a free to use web portal, operated by Hybu Cig Cymru, allowing farmers and small businesses to report movements electronically. Once updated, the data will be transferred directly to EIDCymru and will then be immediately available on the system. “The speed and accuracy at which animal movement will be recorded will significantly improve sheep traceability and will, as a result, improve the ability to respond to future animal disease outbreaks.” From January 1 next year only the electronic slaughter tag will be permitted as the single tag option to identify lambs intended for slaughter. This timescale will allow farmers to use any existing stocks of the non-electronic slaughter tag for their 2015 lambs.

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