Free sheep EID reader workshops

A series of free workshops to help sheep producers understand the benefits of EID readers have been arranged by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

The workshops, which have been organised in conjunction with Scoteid, will be held throughout the country to show producers the commercial and business perks of EID technology.

According to QMS, each workshop will lead sheep producers through the feedback from different types of readers. QMS livestock development manager Kathy Peebles said: “This will range from a very basic hand held stick reader that produces a list of ear tag numbers, through to more complex systems which can be used when combined with weighing sheep or performing routine worming.”

Sheep producers taking part in the workshops, according to Peebles, will be able to determine the pros and cons of the mainstream EIDs available. Participants will also be given the chance to operate the readers with animals, rather than static ear tags.

Peebles added: “EID has the benefit of allowing producers to pull together a number of sources of information which enables them to see how their flock is performing.”

“This means that the poorer performers can be quickly identified and action can be taken to avoid hitting the profitability of the business.”

Venues:

Thursday 6th September, 10.30am - Corbieton Farm, Castle Douglas, DG7 3JJ

Wednesday 12th September, 2pm - Alvie Home Farm, Kingcraig, Kingussie, PH21 1NE

Tuesday 18th September, 2pm - Drinkstone Farm, Hawick, TD9 7NY

Wednesday 26th September, 10.30am – Carbeth Home Farm, Balfron , G63 0LF

Thursday 4th October, 10.30am – SAC, Craibstone Estate. Aberdeen AB21 9YA

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