Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the farming industry’s positive response to the new electronic sheep movement reporting system for Wales, EIDCymru.
Nearly 3,000 keepers have registered onto the system since it was introduced last year and all active livestock markets, abattoirs, collection and assembly centres in Wales are reporting movements electronically to EIDCymru.
EIDCymru was developed alongside the industry to provide farming in Wales with a modern and resilient movement reporting and traceability system for sheep.
Since its launch, over 22.5 million sheep and goats' movements have been recorded on the system. Stakeholders continue to be fully involved to ensure the system remains as user friendly as possible and to deliver maximum benefits for the industry and for government. The most recent enhancements include the addition of the online Sheep and Goat Annual Inventory form.
The Cabinet Secretary said:
“EIDCymru has been developed with the interests of the sheep industry at its heart and demonstrates our commitment to help modernise farming practices and procedures.
“During a recent visit to Welshpool livestock market, I was able to experience electronic reporting first hand and the benefits it provides. This system allows sheep movements to be traced in a modern and resilient way, allowing a quick and effective response to any disease outbreak.
“I would like to thank HCC who operate the EIDCymru service for their continued work in achieving a high level of uptake since its introduction.”