The programme’s original business plan outlined two major milestones in the creation of the Livestock Information Service (LIS):
- Build a multispecies system
- Implement it
We have built our production-ready system and remain on target to have all English livestock in the system during 2022. our ambition and priorities are unchanged.
You can find out more about our approach and how we are building the new Livestock information Service in this short video:
The Livestock Information Programme completed its initial multispecies phase of the programme in September, now fully built with cattle and sheep functionality.
Our first priority to transition to the LIS is sheep. This is because the existing sheep service – ARAMS – is an England-only service and our replacement will also be an England-only service. Therefore, it is within our control, with nothing preventing a full transition to the LIS. We also think that there are opportunities to improve in due course the quality of traceability, and potentially help to provide the industry with data that could help with international trade post EU transition.
In terms of switching users from ARAMS to the LIS, our objective is to transition as many users as possible by the end of March 2021, but a complete transition by then is not critical. We are not aiming for a formal launch but instead are taking an iterative approach. This will start small, enabling us to learn and improve as we go, looking at how different users engage with the service, including those who use post and fax and email, and those who engage online including through third-party software providers. We don’t expect much, or even any, change in the first instance. For example, people currently reporting using paper would continue to do so. Those who use the new digital user interface will have a better experience, but that will simply hint at better things to come. To start with, our aim must be to make sure that the transition is as easy as possible for people who need to use the system, and to ensure that the quality of traceability is not compromised.