Funding boost for Scottish livestock database

An extra £1m of funding has been pledged for the Scottish EID database system, in order to improve and expand the new sheep and pig movement system.

The money will also help to finalise the nation’s bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) database, as well as completing the sheep section of the system, bringing all sheep movement onto the ScotEID database system. The ScotEID system is aimed at improving traceability and the protection of animal and public health.

Further development of the EID system will allow all sheep and goat movements to be recorded either electronically or by paper onto the EID database. Livestock keepers will also be allowed to view and amend their movement data using ScotEID and the database will also play a key role in the eradication of BVD.

Further funding for the database was announced at the weekend by rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead, while speaking at the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers’ annual conference.

Lochhead explained the database would allow the industry to "take important steps forward" in traceability of the country’s animals.

"This phase of the programme will see the completion of both the sheep movement system and the national BVD database. It’s a significant step as it now provides the opportunity to explore the vision of a multi-species livestock movement database system for Scotland. It also offers the Scottish industry the potential to share livestock information throughout the supply chain," he said.