Workshop by Aboyne farmer

Robert Neill will give a talk at the event.
Robert Neill will give a talk at the event.

Aboyne farmer Stephen Allardyce will host a free workshop on December 14, highlighting how cattle farmers can benefit from the use of Electronic Identification (EID) in their herds.

The workshop, which has been organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), will be held at East Town Farm, Tarland near Aboyne.

Borders farmer Robert Neill will speak at this event and encourage farmers to make the most of the opportunities presented by EID to unlock data which could improve their businesses’ margins.

Mr Neill, who farms at Upper Nisbet, near Jedburgh uses EID extensively in his herd of 350 breeding cows and their progeny.

He is well qualified on the subject, having completed a Nuffield Scholarship on cattle EID after studying systems in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.

“There is definitely a need for cattle EID which speeds up the process of weighing cattle for market and removes human error. For the beef industry to survive in an ever-changing world, farmers need to be using the information that can be collected to make more informed decisions about their business,” he commented.

Mr Neill believes there are health and safety benefits to the electronic tagging of cattle, too. During the past decade in the UK there have been 50 fatalities as a result of working directly with cattle.

The QMS Cattle EID workshop at East Town Farm on 14 December will begin at 11am and lunch will be provided.

For further information about this event and to register your place, visit www.qmscotland.co.uk/events