Electronic ID scheme goes live

The £1 million Welsh project to help sheep farmers integrate electronic identification technology into their business is now live.

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the red meat promotion body for Wales, said the first 1,500 sheep farmers with flocks over 100 ewes to visit the new website, www.ewemanage-IT.org.uk, can claim £500 to help introduce electronic identification technology onto their farms.

The farmers are required to carry out a questionnaire detailing what equipment they would prefer and why. They are then asked to undertake a follow-up exercise to assess their experience of using the new technology, said Dr Julie Finch HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.

As funding is only available for the first 1,500 farmers, Dr Finch added: “It is therefore important that anyone who has completed the course and has received a voucher should purchase the equipment and submit all the paperwork to HCC as quickly as possible to try and ensure they are among the 1,500 to benefit from this project.”

HCC reported high interest in the scheme and are urging those interested to sign up as soon as possible so to not miss out.

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