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Adopting Sheep EID

08 July 2014

UK - Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have recently launched a new video on electronic identification of sheep (EID).

The video is designed to help raise awareness of the benefits EID can bring to the industry.

The introduction of compulsory sheep EID tags has been controversial and challenging for the industry.

However the researchers, from SRUC’s Kirkton Hill and Mountain Research Centre near Crianlarich, believe the industry should now begin consider how the technology offers a potential opportunity for sheep farmers to improve flock management and profitability.

Some of the research and demonstration at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre hill farms, is focused on assessing the potential benefits to the industry of making more use of the EID devices and programmes.

The video is the latest output from that work. In it Ewen Campbell, SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre farm manager, describes his experience of using EID and the benefits in can bring in terms of reducing costs, improving record keeping and saving time and labour.

A short online questionnaire relating to this video has also been produced and the research team are encouraging as many people as possible to fill this in; it only takes two minutes.

The video was featured on SRUC’s stand at the Royal Highland Show this year.

Additional information on the benefits of using EID can be found on the Smarter Livestock Farming EID Project page and on a Knowledge Scotland Research Briefing.

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