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Smooth Start to New Sheep Movement Monitoring in Wales

27 January 2016

WALES, UK - Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, has welcomed the new electronic sheep movement reporting system for Wales, EIDCymru, which went live on Monday 18 January.

EIDCymru represents a significant investment of £2.2m by the Welsh Government to provide the farming industry in Wales with a modern and robust movement reporting and traceability system for sheep.

The Deputy Minister said: “EIDCymru has been developed with the interests of the sheep industry at its heart, and demonstrates our commitment to modernise farming practices and procedures.

"It is also another important safeguard against the scale and significant cost of diseases, like the type we faced in 2001 with the foot and mouth outbreak.

“Our new system will enable keepers to report sheep and goat movements efficiently and will contribute to the further development of modern and professional agricultural businesses, delivering on the objectives sought from the Strategic Framework for Agriculture in Wales.”

Electronic reporting is now compulsory for livestock markets, abattoirs and collection centres.

Farmers have the option to report movements electronically or continue to report movements on the paper movement licence, although the new version of the movement licence must be used and keepers should return the licence to the EIDCymru office.

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