Welsh sheep electronic ID scheme proves resounding success

A £1 million electronic identification scheme for Welsh sheep farmers has proved a hit, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

HCC has announced that the project, which offers registered sheep farmers the opportunity to integrate electronic identification technology into their business, has reached its target less then a fortnight after it was launched.

Farmers had the opportunity to be one of 1,500 participants in the project, all of whom received £500 for support. Using the website www.ewemanage-it.org.uk, the farmers can access practical information on electric recording systems, to understand how to use them best to improve flock performance and efficiency.

Dr Julie Finch, HCC’s corporate strategy and policy manager, said: “The project has received an astounding level of interest from sheep farming businesses and reached its target. This means that more than 1,500 businesses have already completed the training and the questionnaire and downloaded their voucher and claim form.”

Participating farmers were required to fill in an online questionnaire. HCC will use the scheme to investigate the impact of removing some of the barriers to the uptake of electronic technologies.

The organisation said it was designed to be of most benefit to those farmers who are not already using electronic recording and those who wish to further develop their capacity to use it.

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