Entering the new world of Bovine EiD in Scotland

4 Nov 2022

Representatives from the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers (IAAS) and ScotEID will be presenting the latest progress of this long-awaited industry advancement at AgriScot on 16th November.

The Scot-EID electronic ear tagging technology, which streamlines livestock movements and traceability, will replace paper passports from 2024.

Neil Wilson, Executive Director of IAAS says:

“In a time when both efficiency and labour shortages are top of mind for farmers and crofters, and the supply chain is looking for more and more data, this technology is absolutely key. Many of our marts have invested in it and are ready to drive it forward at scale. What we need now is to accelerate the uptake across the whole industry, and for Scottish Government to support us with legislation and facilitation, including, for example, rerouting the funding associated with paper passports to subsidising the cost of EID readers for farmers, crofters and the supply chain. It will improve the safety and efficiency of the supply chain, practically when moving livestock but also by collating the data for businesses to see where improvements can be made financially and environmentally.”

The seminar will include updates on timings, progress of technology and how ScotEID will work in practice on farm, with hauliers and in livestock markets.

Bob Yuill of Scot EID added: “We are working closely with the Scottish livestock sector and Scottish Government to develop pragmatic digital solutions to ensure robust traceability and minimise legislative difficulties. This seminar will provide farming and crofting business owners and managers with a clearer picture of what actions they may need to take on farm as we head towards a full introduction of bovine EiD in Scotland. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

The seminar will be held at AgriScot on 16th November at 9-30am-10:30am in Seminar Room 1. https://agriscot.co.uk/seminars/. You can register for your free ticket to attend AgriScot at www.agriscot.co.uk.