Industry Group to Drive Forward Cattle EID

Scottish Bovine EID Stakeholder Group push for voluntary Electronic Identification pilot by the end of 2018

Leading Scottish organisations are looking to ensure that Scotland is prepared for the eventual introduction of electronic tags for cattle.

The nine organisations that are part of the Scottish Bovine EID Stakeholder Group represent almost all parties with an interest in cattle in Scotland.  

The ambition of the stakeholders is to see a voluntary EID pilot introduced before the end of 2018.  It would prepare the Scottish cattle sector for both the process of tagging animals and development of the electronic data transfer (EDT) systems necessary for Scotland to realise the benefits of universal EID.

Following the work of the group earlier in 2017, the Scottish Government in September committed to supporting a pilot for EID in its ‘A Nation with Ambition’ document that outlined its programme for government.

NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick, who is also Chair of the Stakeholder Group, said: “We have worked hard to put forward the case that a pilot for cattle EID in Scotland is needed to ensure that any eventual full introduction of EID is best suited to the needs of Scottish farmers, crofters, marts and abattoirs.
“The group has welcomed the support from the Scottish Government, as this is vital in bringing the pilot forward. We believe that ScotEID is best placed to develop the pilot proposals and we are currently awaiting further detail from it on what it proposes for the early stages of the pilot.  Our ambition is to see this pilot become a reality in 2018 and we will work closely with all stakeholders to best address any concerns and establish the clear benefits of using modern technology for cattle identification.

“Electronic tags and collars are already prevalent on some dairy and beef enterprises for management purposes and we want to identify a solution that allows the benefits that these businesses are already seeing to be shared across the whole supply chain.

“The stakeholder group will look to review pilot proposals at this early stage in the process.”  

Notes to Editors

  • The Scottish Bovine EID Stakeholder Group includes: the Scottish Beef Association (SBA); the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association (SDCA); the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS); NFU Scotland (NFUS); Quality Meat Scotland (QMS); Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW); SAOS and the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF)


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 188/17

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