EBLEX running EID auction trial

EBLEX has joined forces with the Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA) to run a trial examining how electronic identification of sheep (EID) proposals will impact on the day-to-day operation of livestock markets.

The trial, which will run for eight weeks at Sedgemoor Auction centre, will look at tag reading options, integration with the market computer system and the production of movement licenses.

It is hoped that the trial will also give an insight into any additional labour requirements and capital costs that will be necessary to ensure the legislation is adhered to.

Liz Ford, regional project manager at EBLEX is co-ordinating the Sedgemoor EID trial. "EBLEX is very aware of the widespread industry concerns on the implementation of EID, both on farm and across the supply chain," she said. "This trial will provide practical information which can help live markets assess how EID could operate in a working market on a day-to-day basis."

Christopher Dodds, executive secretary at the LAA said: "Livestock markets run commercial businesses servicing both ends of the supply chain, therefore it is essential that we properly prepare for EID. The involvement of EBLEX in the market trial has been essential in allowing us to mitigate the potential logistical and practical problems facing the industry."

Earlier this month a delegation from the European Commission visited an EID market trial at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Bridgewater, where electronically tagged sheep were put through a simulated market day.

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