Electronic Recording Case Studies
Electronic recording can help you to improve your flock performance – check out what farmers are saying.
Rhys Edwards is focussed on achieving high levels of animal performance and has really embraced EID technology to help collect information that will improve his business. Rhys already had some experience of using EID to record his flock but the HCC EID recording project enabled him to develop that capability further.
Mr Davies and his son are in the process of increasing their predominately Suffolk mule flock size from 200 to 500. Both generations had no previous experience of using EID in the business, but were interested to try it out, hoping for greater efficiencies in the business, and more useful information to improve flock management.
Farming on a large-scale is not preventing the use of EID technology at Marchynys farm on Anglesey. With a well-established system based on buying in Scotch Mule and Suffolk cross replacements and selling the resulting terminal sired lambs direct for slaughter Jack Foulkes is focusing on maximising profit for the business.
Gethin and Sara Jones had already identified the need to get to grips with the performance of their flock when they joined the HCC EID recording project. Farming 300 Easycare ewes on land rising to 1,000 feet means that making the most of forage and the genetics used on the farm is vital to the profitability of the business.
Three generations work on the farm at Rhosgoch, with the youngest, Gethin looking after the administrative side of things, including sheep movements. The Evans’ do not see the collection of individual data as an immediate priority for the business in terms of flock management. Only movements, deaths and transfers into the flock are recorded.
Mr Francis had no experience of using EID prior to participating in the Hybu Cig Cymru EID recording project, the main disincentive being the cost of the equipment. He was also not sure which type of equipment would be best for his business needs, but knew that he wanted to analyse individual ewe performance more effectively.