Livestock Information Programme

The Livestock Information Programme (LIP) will deliver a new multi-species livestock information, identification and tracking service known as the Livestock Information Service (LIS)

LIS will be developed through an industry-government partnership and will bring world-leading livestock traceability to the UK.

The service will offer multiple benefits for the livestock industry, including:

  • Quicker, more convenient and practical ways to record livestock moves, births and deaths
  • Support for those less able to use smart-phones and computers and those without internet connection
  • Enable the development of innovative solutions that improve trade, productivity, animal health and welfare
  • A service that enables quick and effective reactions from government and industry to eradicate exotic disease outbreaks and speed up control of chronic endemic diseases
  • A competitive trade advantage

Service development

The Traceability Design User Group (TDUG) is an independent group of 25 industry and government stakeholders and chaired by a farmer.

TDUG has developed a vision of what LIS needs to be and do. It has also established a defined set of design principles that will underpin the development of a robust, flexible, intuitive service that aims to exceed the expectations of industry and government.

The Livestock Information Programme Vision Statement 

Working in partnership, Defra and industry will develop world-leading standards of livestock traceability in the UK.  This will deliver a competitive trade advantage, make us more resilient and responsive to animal disease and will drive innovation, interoperability and productivity improvements throughout the meat and livestock sectors.

AHDB and the Livestock Information Service (LIS)

In 2018, it was agreed in principle that AHDB would lead the development of LIS and commence the procurement processes that enable service development to begin.

We are currently forging ahead with early-stage service design, data and technology research while we are in the final stages of the business case being signed off.

We anticipate the business case process concluding in the coming weeks, at which point we will put in place the final corporate arrangements that will enable us to mobilise and develop the future Livestock Information Service at pace.

That plan fits with our ambitions to deliver data prototypes that provide benefit to industry and government from better use of existing livestock data and ultimately deliver the new Livestock Information Service itself from late 2020, in advance of the implementation of bovine Electronic Identification.

In the meantime, below are links to a series of five-minute Livestock Information Programme YouTube clips that explain who we are, what we are doing and how we’re going about it.

As the programme progresses this page will be updated with more information.


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