Final call for Scottish farmers to log calf information in BES initiative

The deadline is looming for farmers who have applied to the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) in Scotland to log calving information, before the cut-off date of Tuesday, 7 February. 

The initiative requires farmers taking part in the scheme to upload information to the ScotEID database at certain intervals. Farmers are required to complete calving information for calves that are born between 2 June and 31 December 2016.

Producers are also being reminded that a calf must be weighed at least once before it becomes 400 days old. This weight must be entered into ScotEID before the calf reaches 415 days old. If farmers fail to log this information, then they may be in breach of the scheme’s requirements. Weights from a mart are accepted if a calf is under 400 days at the time of sale.

“Calving data must be entered onto the ScotEID system by farmers participating in the BES before the 7 February deadline,” said National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s livestock committee chairman, Charlie Adam.

“It is also important that farmers upload their weight data to the ScotEID system in a timely manner, before calves reach 400 days old, to avoid being in breach of the scheme requirements.”  

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