EID for Scottish Sheep

Monday, May 30, 2011

Forget negativity surrounding the introduction of EID for Scottish sheep - there are benefits to be gained lium the installation of quality tag readers at abattoirs and markets.

Speaking exclusively to The Scottish Farmer on Wednesday, Robin Anderson, Managing Director of Wallets Marts at Castle Douglas, said "There are many benefits that could come out of a full EID system outwith traceability.  Flock records could be held on the database which would mean that movement documents would disappear completely."

"But, the be we of a full EID system is dependent on the use of quality readers from suppliers who are able to install systems fit for purpose under suitable requirements," added Robin, who stressed that the real urgency now fell on the Scottish government to pay for a suitable database."

To date, Mr Anderson, like the majority of auctioneers in Scotland, was sceptical as to how EID could operate effectively as previous electronic tag readers had proven far from impressive. However,  the most recent - an Aleis Vortex reader from Australia - had been accurate.  "When you're in a market situation, the real worry is accuracy and throughput rate to make sure you don't have to hold up a sale, but so far this reader has performed way beyond our expectations both for accuracy in reading the tags and throughput."

"We've had it here for the past two weeks and, although sheep numbers have been relatively small, it has been 100% accurate without having to force the sheep through."

The Aleis Vortex reader,  the only one in Scotland and indeed Europe at present,  is developed from 20 years-plus experience in electronic tag reading in the livestock industry in Australia.  Aleis supplies 95% of all renters in Australian abattoirs,  and 98% of readers to sales operators Down Under can supply 280 variations of the equipment to suit individual needs, inside or out.



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