Key Trends

  • Increasingly stringent EU directives on animal tracing and disease control
  • Electronic identification increasing the volume of data to be managed and controlled
  • Increasing consumer interest
  • Global import/export drivers

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Agriculture Overview

The Animal health and Agri-food sectors are fast changing environments and it is widely accepted that continuous IT innovation will be required to support the industry in the coming years. As the EU issues more directives around the tracing of animals, it will become increasingly important for government agencies to improve the efficiency of their animal tracing solutions. The continued success of the Agri-food industry will rely on its ability to assure the public, that the food they eat is free from contaminates, can be traced from farm-to-fork and adheres to the highest standards of quality control. It is only by meeting these objectives that real value in the food production industry can be guaranteed.

AMT-SYBEX has been engaged in the agriculture sector since the early 1990s and understands the growing importance of agricultural sectors to world economies. We have applied our domain knowledge to numerous IT projects in these sectors with results that enable our clients to deliver their strategic business goals.

Knowledge and experience are key differentiators between successful large scale IT projects and those that fail, however any system which hopes to operate in the current EU environment must have a core foundation of scalability and flexibility if it intends to meet the challenges of the agriculture industry.

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Our Work

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Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)

We have been working with DARD in Northern Ireland since 1997 when we developed the Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS). This is an EC recognised solution which holds information on all food and farm animal identifications, registrations and movements, plus their locations, test histories and animal welfare statuses. APHIS data is also widely shared across the food chain and research community to provide consumer assurance and marketing advantage to NI’s agricultural produce in competitive international markets.

Mobile capability

Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease of cattle and one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry. To keep this under control, 1.5m cattle undergo annual testing to ensure they are not carrying the disease. In Northern Ireland, we provide mobile application software that enables on farm TB testing and integrates with the central APHIS database.

 
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

AMT-SYBEX software enables the electronic tagging and tracing system for DEFRA in England for recording the movement of sheep, goats and deer. The ARaMS system enables DEFRA to maintain accurate data records on the movements of animals which is particularly important during a disease outbreak. We work in close conjunction with South Western Services, who provide business process services, and who are a recent addition to the Capita family.