The new sheep database was launched on the first of April, but what does this mean for farmers?
The new database is being administered by South Western, and the NFU has worked with them to try to ensure that disruption for farming businesses is minimal. The NFU livestock team are liasing with Defra and other stakeholders to address issues members have had with the new system.
With so many rumours at market and on social media, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, but the fundamental message is that for farmers wanting to report on paper, not much has changed.
The AML1 formhas been replaced bythe ARAMS1 form, which is essentially identical, and instead of being sent to trading standards, itis sent to the Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS) - address at the bottom of this page. As we go through the first few months, the NFU has had assurances that the old AML1 forms will still be accepted.
Farmers can fax forms to 01908 664433 or email a scanned version to YnVyZWF1c2VydmljZUBhcmFtcy5jby51aw==.
For farmers who wish to do so, there is the facility to create and report movements electronically, either via the online portal or via their flock management software, which will also generate the paper forms you need for the haulier and receiving keeper.
Regardless of how a movement was created, farmers still have the ability to choose whether to acknowledge it on paper or electronically, and the reporting period for both remains the same as it is now (3 days).
Finally, to ensure a smooth implementation, we advise you to check that the details that your local AHVLA office has for you, including postcode(s) and holding number(s) and type(s), are correct and match with the details your mart and abattoir hold.