Rural Economy Secretary hails success of cattle tracking system

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More than 4,000 cattle keepers have registered on a system which aims to protect livestock from the spread of disease in its first year.

The online ScotMoves system was introduced at the beginning of 2017 to provide a simple, fast and convenient way for beef and dairy cattle businesses to record cattle moves within their enterprise.

The Scottish Government said the information provides added transparency on the location of cattle within Scotland and will be vital in controlling and eradicating diseases.

It also provides added reassurance in checking that cattle in Scotland continue to meet the eligibility criteria for BSE Negligible Risk.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The information on the location of cattle in Scotland contained in the ScotMoves system provides greater reassurance to government and keepers that Scotland is well placed to prevent and control exotic diseases such as Foot and Mouth and endemic diseases such as Bovine Virus Diarrhoea.

“I am therefore delighted that since its introduction on January 1 2017, the 4,000 registered cattle keepers have recorded nearly half a million cattle movements.

“This is new information, which increases the providence, quality and resilience of the sector as these keepers are making the effort to record these moves on a system that is easy to use and well designed.

“Through the introduction of the ScotMoves system we are increasing the resilience and quality of our cattle sector. As a next step a new bovine electronic identification (EID) pilot will start in the spring.”

ScotMoves replaced the CTS Links system on January 1 last year.