Electronic ID continues to build confidence
27 December 2019
Victoria's sheep and goat producers will continue to benefit from subsidised tag prices in 2020.
The state's phased introduction of an electronic National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) for sheep and goats has been building consumer confidence both in Australia and overseas.
Victoria's Acting Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Sally Salmon said sheep tags would be available from $0.67 - the cheapest in Australia.
"Electronic identification provides verified and accurate whole-of-life data on sheep and goats - from property of birth to processing or export," Dr Salmon said.
"It not only provides confidence to trading partners but encourages the development of innovative technology throughout the supply chain."
Victoria's transition to the electronic system has included requirements for:
- all lambs and kids born in Victoria after 1 January 2017 to be tagged with an electronic NLIS (Sheep) tag before leaving the property on which they were born
- properties, saleyards and processing facilities to all scan and upload data across the life of the animal, and
- all sheep and non-exempt goats introduce from interstate born after 1 January 2019 to be tagged with an electronic post-breeder tag before leaving a Victorian property unless they already have an electronic ear tag.
Since the introduction of mandatory electronic identification for sheep and goats in 2017, producers have purchased more than 30 million tags and almost 12 million livestock movements have been recorded on the NLIS database.
"From a biosecurity viewpoint, government and industry can now have confidence that electronic traceability of sheep and goats will enable us to more quickly locate animals and contact owners during a disease outbreak or emergency," Dr Salmon said.
"It's important to remember that traceability is an important responsibility for all livestock owners - whether you've got a large number of animals or a couple of pet sheep or goats - and you must follow the requirements.
"I would like to acknowledge the efforts and support of the sheep and goat industries that have contributed to shape the strong traceability system we have today."
Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group President Leonard Vallance said it was encouraging that producers would still have access to very competitive tag prices, with the process to order tags being straightforward and easy.
"Victoria continues to lead the traceability of sheep giving Victoria an advantage into new market requirements emerging in Europe," Mr Vallance said.
For more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheepEID.
Contact Name: Nicole Cairns
Contact Number: 0436 675 030
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity