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HCC sheep project is a hit with farmers

Nov 20 2014

A million pound project designed to help Welsh sheep farmers overcome barriers to electronic recording has reached its target – less than a fortnight after it was launched.

The scheme, run by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales, offered registered sheep farmers the opportunity to integrate electronic identification technology into their business.

Funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales, farmers logging on to a special website – www.ewemanage-IT.org.uk – had the opportunity to be one of 1,500 participants to receive £500 for participating in the project which aims to understand the barriers to the uptake of electronic recording in sheep flocks.

“The project has received an astounding level of interest from sheep farming businesses and reached its target just a fortnight after the website was launched,” said Dr Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.

“This means that more than 1,500 businesses have already completed the training and the questionnaire and downloaded their voucher and claim form.

“We are anticipating that the majority of businesses who have downloaded their voucher will proceed to submit a claim.

“The project will therefore limit the issue of vouchers to 1,500,” said Dr Finch.

“Farm businesses that have registered their interest but not yet completed the training will be kept informed in case further funding becomes available. Should additional funding become available, this opportunity will be offered to those registered businesses.

“Participants who have downloaded their voucher are encouraged not to panic buy and to take their time in selecting the equipment that they need to participate in the project so that they make the right choice for their flock,” she said.

“HCC staff will be available at the Winter Fair to discuss the various options available and many of the suppliers will be demonstrating their equipment at the event.”

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