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Marts to Start on Welsh Sheep Traceability

27 November 2014

WALES – Livestock markets and abattoirs will be the first port of call when rolling out electronic identification systems in 2016.

This will ensure efficacy at high volume premises, said the deputy minister for farming and food, Rebecca Evans.

The scheme, EIDCymru, will record sheep movement in Wales from November 2015.

Mrs Evans said the system will be “user friendly”, with a free web portal to be operated by industry body Hybu Cig Cymru.

This will allow electronic reporting of movement immediately.

Mrs Evans added: "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."

"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."

From January 1 2016, only the electronic slaughter tag will be permitted as the single tag option to identify lambs intended for slaughter.

This time scale will allow farmers to use any existing stocks of the non-electronic slaughter tag for their 2015 lambs.

 

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