The Livestock Information Programme (LIP) will deliver a new multi-species livestock information, identification and tracking service that is currently referred to 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 or those without internet connection
  • Support for the development of innovative solutions that improve productivity, animal health and welfare
  • A system 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 TDUG 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.

A formal agreement on how this works in practice will be concluded in Spring 2019.


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


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