Welsh lamb EID project proves a success

The initial findings from Wales’ Electronic Identification (EID) project have revealed that 80% of participating farmers found the recording device easy to operate.

Launched at the end of last year, the scheme is aimed to help Welsh lamb farmers overcome obstacles when it comes electronic recording.

“Our latest feedback indicates many Welsh farmers are not only getting to grips with the technology but are enthusiastically looking at a wider range of functions and into maximising the benefits from the equipment,” said Dr Julie Finch, corporate strategy and policy manager with Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), who ran the project.

The overwhelming demand of farmers wishing to take part in the project has resulted in 200 more participants contributing to the scheme than had originally been planned.

Not all the applicants had past experience using EID, with Finch admitting that the hardest part of using the software was downloading and utilising the gathered information. However, the overall feedback received was largely positive.

“A series of case studies has been developed to demonstrate how project farmers have explored the potential benefits of EID recording in commercial and pedigree situation,” continued Finch. “A new leaflet has been produced that we will use at farmer meetings during the autumn and the full case studies are available at the project website, www.ewemanage-IT.org.uk.”

Funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales, each farmer taking part received £500 for sharing their experiences.

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