Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in conjunction with Scoteid, are running a series of free workshops throughout Scotland in the coming weeks.
The aim of the workshops are to enable sheep producers to become familiar with commercially available EID readers and benefits this type of technology can bring to their business.
Each workshop will lead sheep producers through the feedback from different types of readers. This will range from a very basic hand held stick reader that produces a list of ear tag numbers, through to more complex systems which can be used when combined with weighing sheep or performing routine worming.
Workshop participants will be able to determine the pros and cons of the mainstream types currently available and will be given the chance to operate the different types of reader with animals rather than static ear tags. The workshops will also cover compatibility with various types of software.
“EID has the benefit of allowing producers to pull together a number of sources of information which enables them to see how their flock is performing”, said Kathy Peebles, QMS Livestock Development Manager.
“This means that the poorer performers can be quickly identified and action can be taken to avoid hitting the profitability of the business.”
Thursday 6th September, 10.30am - Corbieton Farm, Castle Douglas, DG7 3JJ
Wednesday 12th September, 2pm - Alvie Home Farm, Kingcraig, Kingussie, PH21 1NE
Tuesday 18th September, 2pm - Drinkstone Farm, Hawick, TD9 7NY
Wednesday 26th September, 10.30am – Carbeth Home Farm, Balfron , G63 0LF
Thursday 4th October, 10.30am – SAC, Craibstone Estate. Aberdeen AB21 9YA