Sheep farmers queue up for new £1 million project

Oct 17 2014

Welsh farmers are queuing up to take part in a new project managed by Hybu Cig Cymru which aims to boost their profits by using the latest technology.

“Although this pilot project was only announced last month the response from the farming community has been fantastic,” said Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.

“This proves that Welsh farmers are forward thinking and are keen to adopt modern methods because they can clearly see the benefits to their businesses.”

Last month the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans AM, announced that HCC would deliver a near £1 million project to encourage sheep farmers in Wales to integrate electronic identification tecnology into their businesses.

The dedicated website providing training for the project will be operational at the beginning of November, and hundreds of farmers have already expressed an interest in the scheme.

“The project is open to all registered sheep farm businesses in Wales with flocks greater in size than 100 ewes,” said Dr Finch. “Farmers participating in this pilot project will be provided with information, training and support relating to the practical benefits of electronic recording.

Participating sheep farmers will be required to complete an online questionnaire that will collect information on current attitudes and experiences of recording, either electronically or manually.

Famers will also be asked to indicate which equipment they have chosen to purchase and how they intend to use it.

On completion of the questionnaire, participating farmers can claim a contribution of £500 which can be used towards the cost of their chosen recording equipment and farm management software. The project will then revisit participants during the following year to gather their experiences.

Please visit to complete the training and claim your voucher

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