AIM changes to help farm management decisions
New multiple access facility will provide easier farm assessment
Published 13/09/2011 | 05:00
Changes to the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) system mean that agricultural consultants will now be able to help farmers make crucial on-farm management decisions.
The new 'agent facility' will allow farmers to give multiple agents access to AIM details.
The agent facility allows farmers to nominate an agency or agent to submit calf birth registrations and movements electronically to AIM on their behalf or for an agency/agent to view their data on AIM using agfood.ie for advisory purposes.
Agricultural consultant Tom Dawson said the new facility would enable consultants to help farmers make farm management decisions quicker and more efficiently.
"For example, a farmer who is concerned about his nitrogen and phosphorus levels at this time of year can allow his consultant to check his N&P statement against the stock levels on the farm," he said.
"The consultant will quickly be able to advise the farmer about whether he needs to sell stock or not in order to avoid exceeding his limits."
Mr Dawson added that farmers could also allow an approved agent to submit details in relation to the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme (SCWS).
"This could help farmers who were too slow in registering details with the Department of Agriculture to avoid penalties under the SCWS," he said.