It will be a significant date for livestock markets, abattoirs and collection centres as electronic reporting of sheep movements becomes a compulsory requirement.
EIDCymru has been developed by the Welsh Government from the ScotEID system that has been working successfully in Scotland and adapted for the Welsh industry.
Hybu Cig Cymru, the Wales-based meat industry development agency, has been working closely with the Welsh Government to help to ensure that the system and its customer support service are as practical and user friendly as possible for farmers and businesses to use.
While electronic reporting is not a requirement for sheep farmers, they are being encouraged to make maximum use of the available technology which offers a practical and efficient way to report sheep movements.
“EIDCymru provides the opportunity for farmers in Wales to use the increased level of traceability to develop their business processes,” says John Richards, the technical implementation lead ay EIDCymru.
“It will also provide a modern and robust traceability system to enable a quick and effective response in any disease outbreak.
“The new website – eidcymru.org -- is another milestone in the development of an effective electronic identification system for farmers across Wales,” he added.
“From Monday, farmers can log on to the EIDCymru site and upload their sheep movements electronically.”
There is, however, only one new requirement for sheep farmers at this stage. The paper movement licence (AML1 forms) that have historically been sent to local trading standards offices should now be sent to the EIDCymru office in Aberystwyth.
A helpdesk has been set up to assist farmers wanting to make use of EIDCymru by phone on 01970 636959 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office address is: EIDCymru, Tŷ Merlin, Parc Merlin, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3FF.