Software and services vendor Sherwood International has won a £28m renewal contract with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to monitor livestock before they reach the consumer.
The extension includes maintenance and upgrades to Sherwood's Aeos software applications and the delivery of new applications to support Defra's responsibilities in controlling livestock.
The new products and upgrade deal is the company's biggest ever, and is worth about £14m per year over two years.
Following last year's foot-and-mouth and BSE outbreaks, Defra has introduced programmes to help it monitor livestock.
Martin Lambert, chief marketing officer at Sherwood, said: "We started at the peak of the BSE outbreak over three years ago and developed workflow software that monitors livestock lifecycles, including movements and diets."
Sherwood implemented Defra's Date Based Export Scheme, which has enabled the UK to resume beef exports, and extensions to the Cattle Tracing Scheme to meet the business requirements arising from the foot-and-mouth crisis.
Peter Barber, assistant director of IT applications at Defra, said in a statement: "Sherwood has been instrumental in developing and implementing a number of very successful systems for Defra over the years.
"Sherwood's staff have shown commitment to Defra and a wealth of understanding of how our business operates."
Sherwood's customers are split equally between the financial and government sectors.
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