SRUC-BioSS CT Scanning Service

By Suffolk Sheep Society 27th February, 2015

Dates for the 2015 season

Proposed dates and sites for 2015 CT scanning season.

As usual the dates are not exclusive to the target breeds noted and we are happy to scan any breed of lambs at any session provided they fit the criteria below:

Please note new venue at Rugby Farmers Mart at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire;

Scan Date

Scan site

Target Breed (Closing Date)

4th – 6th May


Charollais / Hampshire Down

9th – 10th May


Charollais / Hampshire Down

12th – 13th May


Charollais / Hampshire Down

8th – 10th June



7th – 8th July


Texel / Suffolk / Charollais ++

13th – 15th July


Texel / Suffolk / Charollais ++

5th – 6th August



17th – 20th August


Texel/ Beltex

24th – 25th August



29th August – 3rd September


29th for pedigree lambs (Texel)

30th onwards for Innovis trial lambs

5th – 7th September


Meatlinc (5th / 6th trial lambs, 7th sire selection lambs)

24th September


Texel / Suffolk

29th September – 1st October


Innovis trial lambs





As usual the mobile scanning dates need 50 lambs per day to go ahead and where these are not linked to days scanning trial lambs we need to have a 2 day period ie. at least 100 lambs to cover our costs.



Are your lambs eligible for CT scanning and the relevant subsidy?


·         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 starved for 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  Lambs withdrawn after this time will be charged at the full unsubsidised rate.  



CT scan charges(before subsidy) for 2015 are as follows:


SRUC scanner (Edinburgh) - £65 per lamb

Mobile scanner (Stoneleigh Park / Aberystwyth / Carmarthen) - £97 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 subsidy

We have spoken to the devolved bodies and the following subsidies have been offered for 2015.  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 – 50% of scanning cost (eg £48.50 per lamb for those scanned through the mobile scanner)

QMS – 50% of scanning cost (eg £32.50 per lamb for those scanned in Edinburgh)


 Please note we will be busy lambing from 29th March until early May so I have asked Carroll Barber to help with organisation of Charollais lambs for CT at Carmarthen and Stoneleigh so please copy us both in to any correspondence.


Kirsty McLean, Senior Technician and Manager,

SRUC-BioSS,CT Scanner Unit, Allan Watt Building ,Bush Estate,Penicuik,Mid-Lothian, EH26 0QE     

phone:  0131-535-3250     Fax:    0131-535-3404    email:


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