CT Scanning Dates

CT scanning trailer

SRUC CT scanning service will again be offering dates in Edinburgh and at locations in England and Wales for you to bring your lambs to for CT scanning. Dates and scanning information for the 2018 season can be seen below. 

The table below indicates the dates we will be scanning at various locations. Please note that for locations away from Edinburgh we need to have a minimum of 100 lambs over 2 days booked in.  We can be a little more flexible with numbers in Edinburgh.

CT Scanning Dates: 2018

Scan Date

Scan site

Target Breed Closing Date

30th April - 1st May


Charollais / Hampshire Down

9th – 10th May


Charollais / Hampshire Down

4th – 6th  June



4th – 5th July


Texel / Suffolk / Charollais ++

9th – 10th July


Texel / Suffolk / Charollais ++

13th   - 15th  August


Texel / Beltex

21st August

Aberystwyth (TBC)

Texel / Suffolk

22nd – 23rd August

Aberystwyth (TBC)

Innovis lambs

10th – 11th  September

Thorganby or Edinburgh (TBC)


24th  September


Texel / Suffolk

Please note these dates are to fit in with breed specific closing dates for data to be sent to Signet BUT we are happy to scan any eligible breed on any of the dates if required and notified in advance. CT scanning ewe

CT Scan Charges

CT scan charges (before subsidy) for 2018 are as follows:

  • SRUC scanner (Edinburgh) - £65 per lamb
  • Mobile scanner (Stoneleigh Park / Aberystwyth) - £94 per lamb
  • Mobile scanner (Thorganby) – Meatlinc sire selection day – day charge if one day only.  £94 per lamb if 2 days filled – please contact us if you want to scan non- Meatlinc lambs at this time.

CT Scanning Subsidy

We have contacted the devolved bodies regarding subsidy for CT scanning for 2018.  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.

  • QMS and HCC have not been back in touch with us with their offers for 2018 but we will let you know as soon as we hear anything. 
  • AHDB will again subsidise CT scanned lambs at £55 per lamb.

Important Information - Please Read

  • 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.

Kirsty McLean

Unit Manager

Address: SRUC CT Scanner Unit, c/o Roslin Institute building, Easter Bush, Penicuik, Mid-Lothian, EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 535 3251

E-mail: kirsty.mclean@sruc.ac.uk

CT Scanner Unit

Address: Allan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0QE

Telephone: 0131 535 3251

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