Cheaper cattle tags now available online
13 April 2015
Victorian cattle producers can now save thousands of dollars thanks to cheaper National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags made available this week.
Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Milne said the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources' (DEDJTR) new online tag ordering service is an easy, fast and secure way of ordering NLIS tags at any time.
"Over two million NLIS tags are purchased by Victorian beef and dairy producers every year and with a reduction of 25 cents in the price of the cheapest tag, the savings will be substantial," Dr Milne said.
"Cattle tags ordered online cost ten cents less than using a paper application or purchasing over the phone so there are also savings to be made obtaining them online."
"Producers can simply go to www.vic.gov.au/nlis to order Agri-ID, Leader Products or Allflex tags."
"The cheapest NLIS (Cattle) tags are now 85 cents each through DEDJTR's online tag ordering service."
Dr Milne said Victoria had the lowest cattle tag prices in Australia due to a competitive tendering process and the efficient tag ordering system operated by DEDJTR supported by funding from the cattle industry via the Cattle Compensation Fund.
"NLIS is a very important tool for managing biosecurity incidents and maintaining the reputation of Victoria's beef and dairy products in food safety conscious domestic and export markets," Dr Milne said.
"NLIS (Cattle) tags are also very useful for on-farm herd management purposes by simplifying the collection of production information such as weight gain/loss, reproductive performance and veterinary treatment history."
"When purchasing tags producers will be asked for their Property Identification Code (PIC) and some information about their property to enable DEDJTR to confirm their identity."
For further information visit www.vic.gov.au/nlis or contact the NLIS Helpline on 1800 678 779 during business hours.
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