Monthly Archives: September 2014

Attention all sheep farmers out thereā€¦

Here at Farm Matters we are eager to promote our software solution but also advise all our customers on a regular basis about queries and problems we are finding with the industry, particularly confusion caused by crazy legislation and inspection worries.

A current issue seems to be the confusion of sheep record keeping, ARAMS and general identity issues. Well here are the basics which may help people make things a little bit more straight forward and clear.

A sheep can run around on the farm until it is 9 months old without any tag in its ear. When it becomes 9 months or it has to be moved to a new holding number irrelevant of distance it must be tagged. This tag can be a single slaughter tag EID chip number included but not visible or a double EID visible tag(s).

Basically if you intend to sell the sheep slaughter then a single EID slaughter tag is fine. If you intended to keep for breeding or the animal becomes older than 12 months it needs a double EID tag (s).

You do not have to record every separate tag when you move sheep in your keeper ship between holdings but you do need to keep a record of the flock numbers.

we can advise that anyone buying or selling a large number of mixed sheep with EID double tags needs to buy a EID reader, this can then be downloaded into the Farm Matters software and populate the tag identification element of your records.

There are many more issues regarding sheep legislation so if you need any advise just get in touch. neil@farmmatters.co.uk

No Basic Payment Scheme Software!

Farm SoftwareWe are very sad to announce we will not be releasing any software for the electronic submission of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications in 2015. DEFRA in their wisdom have decided to exclude us from the electronic BPS project this year due to what they claim is a lack of financial resources.

This will leave the DEFRA website as the sole means of submitting your 2015 BPS claim (For those unable to submit online DEFRA claim there will be a contingency but what form this will take remains a mystery). After piloting electronic SPS in 2008, it’s inaugural year, we have consistently been involved with e-SPS and submitted the most claims by a third party software supplier each year.

Our customer base have been very supportive of the software and service we’ve provided and are very disappointed by DEFRAs decision to exclude us. As several customers have said, let’s hope the new system being developed is alot more reliable then RPAs was last year.

DEFRA have indicated they will be happy to work with us next year in preparation for 2016. Hopefully this is true and we will be back!