Through DEFRA, the Government has required a new multi-species tracing service to be set up, to monitor livestock information.

Livestock Information Ltd was set up by DEFRA and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with the purpose of implementing and running the Livestock Information Service (LIS). It was important for improvements to be made to the underlying systems and processes in place, as some were over 20 years old. The purpose of creating a new multi-species LIS would improve livestock record management, making it simpler and more convenient. 

Since 1996, Shearwell Data Limited (SDL) have developed tools and software to gather and manage livestock data more efficiently. As specialists in livestock data collection and management, SDL were awarded a contract, in 2019, by Livestock Information Ltd to provide the under-pinning software for the LIS. 

"For 15 years, I have held a vision to help move livestock track and trace systems forward to a modern integrated digital model that meets the needs of all stakeholders. This has now been successfully achieved with the help of CGI. Their expertise and knowledge of technology, coupled with their long-standing experience of working with the central government has meant a successful outcome and provided a solid foundation on which to build to even greater things”- Richard Webber, Shearwell Data Ltd

To deliver the new LIS, SDL and CGI formed a collaborative partnership in which we were able to apply our experience, depth of technical expertise and capability, to support SDL with a range of services and resources including:

  • Agile development teams

  • Programme management

  • Architecture

  • Accessibility testing

  • Performance testing

  • Programme management office

Our partnership resulted in a successful go live of the service for sheep, goats and deer with:

  • 6.2 million animals moved

  • 240,000 services requests completed

  • 224,000 registered holdings

  • 6 scheduled releases providing enhanced functionality for users

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