How we work & What are we working on now?

The programme’s original business plan outlined two major milestones in the creation of the Livestock Information Service (LIS):

  1. Build a multispecies system
  2. Implement it

We have built our production-ready system and are now working to have all English livestock in the system in due course. 

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 Program completed its initial multi-species phase of the program in September 2020 and is now fully built with cattle and sheep, goat and deer functionality.

The initial priority is to transition sheep, goat and deer movements to the new service in November 2021, retiring the current Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS). Later in 2022 and 2023 processes and systems for cattle and pig movements will be replaced.  

The transition of sheep, goat and deer to the new service will be gradual, adopting an iterative approach with no ‘formal’ launch. The transition will start small, enabling us to learn and improve as we go. We will look at how different users engage with the service, including those who use post, fax and email, and those who engage online including through third-party software providers. In the first instance, you wont see a lot of change, for example, people currently reporting using paper would continue to do so, but those who use the new online service will have a better, more intuitive experience. 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.