ScotEID livestock traceability

scoteid logoScotEID is the livestock traceability system for Scotland. On behalf of the Scottish Government and the Scottish livestock industry, SAOS continues to manage research and development of livestock movement data systems through supply chains, including the development of cattle electronic identification (EID). Our work on livestock traceability continues to advance towards the conclusion of an all species data system, working in real time. In preparation for the demise of the GB-wide cattle tracing system (CTS), work is in hand to extend ScotEID’s coverage to cattle births, deaths and farm business to farm business moves.

The ScotEID system’s primary functions encompass sheep, pig and cattle movement recording. It currently handles information for all aspects of sheep and pig traceability (including Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea buffers), plus movements of cattle within businesses as ‘ScotMoves’. Existing cattle functionality also includes checks for Bovine Virus Diarrhoea status, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy negligible risk status and Scotch Beef quality assurance status, plus support for the Beef Efficiency Scheme. Support is offered for Rural Payments and Inspections Division activities, Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division statistical data collection and data provision to Quality Meat Scotland and to EPIC (Epidemiology, Population Health and Infectious Disease Control: Scotland’s centre of expertise on animal disease outbreaks). ScotEID’s Huntly office provides assistance to farmers, markets, abattoirs and other users of the ScotEID database, providing them with assistance with managing and interpreting their data.

You can read more about how and why ScotEID was developed here: