Sheep Event 2010: EID is failing, says NFU

EID is failing to improve sheep traceability and the new system is worse than its predecessor, according to the NFU.

Speaking at NSA Sheep Event 2010, livestock board chairman, Alistair Mackintosh, said the technology was simply not able to provide full traceability.

“EID has no use when the technology is failing – it has produced less traceability and won’t produce better biosecurity or disease control,” Mr Mackintosh said.

He went on to say more flexibility should be adopted within the standards because of the inability of the technology.

Mr Mackintosh added he hoped farmers would not be penalised on cross compliance as a result of the technology’s failings.

“The commission have delivered the regulation but the delivery is not what was said on the tin. The technology is letting it down,” he said.

And only when the market demands EID will there be any benefit, Mr Mackintosh added.

“EID has a use when it is the market demanding it and is willing to pay a premium.”

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