CT Scanning Dates 2013

By Suffolk Sheep Society 8th February, 2013

SRUC will again be offering a CT scanner service in 2013, both at our static site at Bush Estate, near Edinburgh and with the mobile scanner at various sites throughout England and Wales. The dates at specific locations are listed in the table below - please note that the mobile scanner has been provisionally booked for these dates but, as usual, we need to have a minimum of 100 lambs over 2 days to cover our costs for each scanning session with the mobile scanner.

CT Scanning Dates 2013



Commercial CT scanning dates





6th – 8th May



13th – 14th May



16th – 17th May


If Carmarthen does not go ahead these dates may change to earlier in the week

3rd – 10th June



8th June + 16th – 18th July



11th – 12th July


Sorry can only book the scanner for G.York show week again

29th – 31st July



5th August


Will be scanning Innovis trial lambs here for rest of week

13th – 15th August



19th August


Will be scanning Innovis trial lambs on following 2 days

17th – 18th September


Meatlinc selection and trial lambs

*We are happy to scan all breeds on any of the dates if required.


Signet closing dates for CT data for all CT scanned breeds can be seen below – please ensure your lambs are booked into the correct scanning session.




Signet closing dates for data

Hampshire Down

20th May


9th August


17th / 21st May


4th September


13th June


7th August


4th October


19th July


27th August


4th October


22nd July


23rd August


10th June


6th September


20th September



CT scan charges (before subsidy) for 2012 are as follows:


SAC scanner (Edinburgh) - £62 per lamb

Mobile scanner (Nottingham / Aberystwyth) - £94 per lamb

Mobile scanner (Midhurst / Carmarthen) - £99 per lamb

Mobile scanner (Thorganby) – sire selection day and trial lambs (daily charge). Please contact us if you want to use this date as the Meatlinc lambs must take priority


CT scanning subsidy


We have spoken to the devolved bodies the following subsidies have been offered for 2013. The subsidy will apply to male lambs only and will be for a minimum of 5 lambs per flock, with a selection of sires represented. The following rates have been agreed with maximum lamb numbers applicable:


EBLEX -£55 per lamb (max of 15 lambs per flock / breeder)

HCC – NO subsidy for CT scanning in 2013

QMS – QMS will be contacting Scottish pedigree producers to see what the projected uptake of CT scanning is likely to be, before deciding on their subsidy level for 2013. Please make sure you reply to this, it is advisable to book in a few lambs if you think you may want to CT scan. You will not necessarily qualify for any subsidy if you have not already booked spaces.




·A minimum of 5 lambs from each flock is required to allow evaluations to be as accurate as possible.

·Only male lambs are eligible for subsidy but we are happy to scan both males and females

·Lambs must be starvedfor a minimum of 4 hours before scanning

·Lambs should be back-fat scanned before they come for CT

·Lambs should be around 20 - 24 weeks of age at CT scanning

·Lamb numbers per day are flexible in Edinburgh but a full day (around 35-40 lambs) is preferred to make good use of our time and the facility

·The mobile scanner has been booked for a minimum of 2 days at each session. We must have 50 lambs per day, booked in for scanning, to enable a session to go ahead

·Numbers for the mobile scanner must be finalised 10 days before the scan date to allow us to confirm the scanner booking. Lambs withdrawn after this time will be charged at the full unsubsidised rate.


We realise that many of you have been badly affected by the Schmallenberg virus but we hope to see as many of you as possible over the summer.

All the best,

Kirsty and John


Rob Dunsford

Fantastic article - really enjoyed reading.

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