Burnhouse Mains is a 900 ha upland livestock farm situated in
the Scottish Borders. It is owned by The Campbell Partnership and
managed by Alistair Cutter. Burnhouse Mains is run in conjunction
with Oneholmes Farm in North Yorkshire where the Campbell family
At Burnhouse Mains, Alistair manages a closed breeding flock of
2000 ewes with all lambs being sold for slaughter either through
auction or direct to buyers. 600 ewe lambs are retained annually
Mr Campbell had been using other software programs from
Farmplan, namely, Business Manager and Cattle Manager. When Cattle
Manager became compatible with EID Alistair started to use it for
managing the beef herd at Burnhouse Mains. "I first became
interested in EID and began to use it in 1996". Alistair had
confidence that the Sheep Manager program would be reliable and
function in a similar way to Cattle Manager. "As soon as the
Sheep EID Pilot scheme in Scotland opened in 2008, I signed up as I
knew from my extensive use on cattle that EID would be a great aid
in the collection of accurate sheep data".
Software from Farmplan has been designed to help farmers manage
individual Sheep Records more effectively to gain greater business
benefits. The program can be used to help meet sheep identification
and movement legislation, aid traceability, manage vet and med
treatments, record pedigree details, monitor performance of
individual ewes and rams and more.
Alistair explains "Farmplan's Sheep Manager software program is
the most positive thing to happen in the sheep sector for many
years. Since implementing EID, all sheep now have individual
medicine records rather than, for example, 246 lambs treated with
Depidex on 07/07/2007 with no identification of the 246 lambs, only
a batch record. All sheep also have individual weights, life
histories and more. It's fantastic!".
When weighing and handling lambs to select some for sale,
Burnhouse Mains use the new Tagmaster weigh crate fitted with a Tru-test weigh head. The data
from Sheep Manager is downloaded to the weigh head. When each lamb
enters the crate, a read panel scans the lambs EID tag and displays
the lambs breed, sex, weight and estimated carcase weight on the
screen instantly. At the end of the session the weights are
uploaded into the Sheep Manager software program and each weight is
automatically allotted to each lamb's weight history along with a
record of weight gain.
Sheep Manager can reduce manual processes, duplication of effort
and the chances of financial penalties. It also checks for and
prevents many common errors.
Alistair says "any time medicine is used, we always identify
each sheep treated to keep accurate individual records. We always
read individual EID tags before they are sold so that I can produce
a planned sale lot. This can then produce a market declaration
report complete with a list of tag numbers and an FCI (food chain
information) document. There is also the safeguard in doing a
planned sale lot; if any selected sheep are in a drug withdrawal
period they are flagged up so you know they can't be sold for
slaughter just yet. We are constantly vigilant for any lost tags.
Sheep Manager does an excellent job of recording change of identity
and tag numbers".
Alistair says "there are a number of farmers desperately
searching for answers as to how they can create a system that will
meet the new sheep recording regulations. Mixed messages within the
industry have left some farmers feeling isolated, confused and
unprepared. Most of them are not computer literate and in awe of
gadgets. I believe these farmers deserve a chance to see the
positive side to EID".
Alistair concludes "we had a sheep inspection on the
5th November 2010, needless to say the movement records
were spot on. The flock register had much more information than the
inspector was looking for this year. Next year it will be necessary
to record all individual tag number of sheep leaving or arriving or
even deceased on a farm in a flock register so I'm glad I have it
in place already. The cross reference for tag changes were very
impressive, in fact all the recording requirements were more than
met. Last but not least, the actual sheep count matched the
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