Cattle industry project to streamline data exchange

Cattle industry project to streamline data exchange

A £282,000 project to develop a prototype system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain has been given the green-light by Agri-tech Catalyst.

John Cross

Cross says the system has huge potential.

The Agri-tech Catalyst is run jointly by Innovate UK and Research Councils. The bid for the 12-month feasibility project is being co-ordinated and project managed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

AHDB is working with over 20 industry collaborators including industry databases, farm management software suppliers, auction market and abattoir system providers. Within this consortium the final technical specification will to be agreed by an industry project steering group.

The steering group includes the BMPA, NFU and EBLEX.

Former EBLEX chairman, John Cross, chairing the project steering group, said: “Industry itself has taken the initiative to develop what has been needed for a very long time. It has the potential to increase operating efficiency, reduce farmer cost and increase our capacity to control economically important diseases.”

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