Earlier this year, the Scottish Bovine EID Stakeholder Group called for the roll-out of a voluntary Electronic Identification pilot by the end of 2018.
The group comprises of nine organisations that wish to prepare Scotland for the eventual introduction of electronic tags for cattle.
Crossing over the Irish island, the possible introduction of a bovine EID programme has been discussed previously; however, the sheep sector will lead the way.
New rules will require all sheep sold from October, 1st, 2018 onwards to be identified electronically.
Lambs under 12 months of age moving directly to slaughter from the holding of birth will be required to be identified with a single electronic tag. All other sheep will require an EID tag set comprised of two tags – one conventional tag and a corresponding electronic tag; however, a conventional tag and an EID bolus will be permitted also.
Following the announcement of the mandatory extension of electronic identification to all sheep, earlier this year, farming organisations have expressed their concerns over the financial impact that this may have on sheep farmers. Further discussions will be staged over the course of the next number of weeks.
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