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Successful Winner of National Ear Tag Reader Give Away

28 January 2015

UK – The first electronic identification stick reader to be given away by the National Sheep Association has been won by Derbyshire student Tom Bird.

Tom attends Reaseheath College in Cheshire, as well as working on the family farm in South Derbyshire, so has been learning about the complexities of the UK’s sheep identification rules and the benefits of being able to record data on animal performance to drive flock efficiency.

“When I got the email to say I had won the draw I thought it was some of my college mates having a laugh, but fortunately it wasn’t and I had actually won it,” said Tom.

“It will be a great tool on the farm to be able to quickly and easily record eartags when dosing sheep, moving them and doing other jobs.”

The Shearwell kit, with a stick reader for taking and adding data linked to electronic eartags, plus a printer and a smart phone app, will help Tom and his family meet sheep traceability regulations and potentially step up the amount of information they keep on their flock of 1,800 North Country Mule ewes.

“My interest in sheep started from the moment I was born,” says Tom. “I have spent virtually every day when I’m not in education helping my dad run the farm, and I am currently studying at Reaseheath for a level 3 extended diploma in agriculture.”

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