Attention all sheep farmers out there…

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

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