Welsh sheep farmers give positive response to new technology

A new £1m project to help integrate electronic identification technology for Welsh sheep farmers is proving popular, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has claimed.

Hundreds of farmers have expressed interest in the HCC scheme, which will encourage the use of the technology in Welsh businesses. Participating farmers will benefit from a £500 contribution from HCC towards their chosen equipment after the completion of a questionnaire which requires them to detail what technology they will use and its benefits to their business.

The pilot project is open to all registered Welsh sheep farmers with flocks greater than 100 ewes.

“Farmers participating in this pilot project will be provided with information, training and support relating to the practical benefits of electronic recording,” said Julie Finch, HCC’s corporate strategy and policy manager.

HCC has been impressed with the response from farmers as Finch explained: “Although this pilot project was only announced last month the response from the farming community has been fantastic.”

“This proves that Welsh farmers are forward-thinking and are keen to adopt modern methods, because they can clearly see the benefits to their businesses.”

The dedicated website for the project will become operational at the beginning of November.

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