Free sheep EID reader workshop

DRINKSTONE Farm, Hawick, will be the venue for a free workshop to help sheep producers in the Scottish Borders become more familar with commercially available EID readers and the benefits this type of technology can bring to their business.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in conjunction with Scoteid, are running a series of free workshops throughout Scotland in the coming weeks. The other events will be held at Castle Douglas, Kingussie, Balfron and Aberdeen.

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.

The workshop at Haweick will be held on Tuesday, September 18, starting at 2pm.