In 2018, is was agreed that AHDB would lead the approach to create a new multi species traceability system.
It aims to offer quicker and more convenient recording of animal movements as well as supporting innovative solutions that improve trade, productivity, animal health and welfare.
In October 2019, the Livestock Information Limited company (LIP) was created. Their most recent briefing on how the current practical work streams are progressing can be read here - the key points are:
- The Livestock Information Programme (LIP) objective remains to deliver a single, multispecies livestock movement service that meets the needs of both industry and government by replacing outdated existing services.
- Livestock Information Service (LIS) will drive improvements including paperless processes and more timely reporting, and will put data sharing at the heart in order to enable improvements in animal health and welfare, productivity and competitiveness.
- The LIS will completely replace the three legacy services that trace cattle, pigs, and sheep, goats and deer and will aim to do so by the end of 2022.
- The programme remains on target to have the production-ready service by autumn 2020 and to have all English livestock using the new service during 2022.
- The priority is to transition sheep first switching users from ARAMS to the Livestock Information Service. The objective is to transition as many users as possible by the end of March 2021.
- Plan to run a pilot for end-to-end digital reporting, removing paper that is currently required for sheep in transit.
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