New electronic NLIS sheep and goat tagging requirements
11 December 2018
The new year will mark another important milestone in Victoria’s transition to an electronic National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).
From 1 January 2019, all sheep and non-exempt goats introduced from interstate and born on or after this date, must be tagged with an electronic post-breeder tag before being dispatched from a Victorian property unless they already have an electronic ear tag.
Interstate producers need to continue to meet their individual state requirements for tagging and identification of sheep and goats.
Director for Sheep Electronic Identification Michael Bretherton said Agriculture Victoria would continue to work with the industry on the implementation of this critical reform and the new requirements from 1 January 2019.
The new requirements come into effect as Victoria’s electronic NLIS (Sheep & Goats) system continues to impress during the peak of the season, with the number of electronically tagged animals scanned in Victorian saleyards and abattoirs exceeding 140,000 and 100,000 head per week respectively in late November.
More recently, Hamilton saleyards scanned more than 51,000 electronically tagged sheep on a single sale day and successfully uploaded them to the NLIS database.
Since the critical reform was announced in August 2016, electronically tagged sheep and goats have been scanned and uploaded to the NLIS database more than 2 million times in saleyards and more than 3.7 million times at Victorian abattoirs.
“There are currently more sheep movements being registered per week on the NLIS database than the movements reported by all cattle saleyards throughout Australia combined and nothing on the scale of what is now occurring routinely in Victorian saleyards has been done before anywhere in the world,” Mr Bretherton said.
“The way in which the sheep and goat industries have embraced the change as Victoria continues its transition to an electronic NLIS for sheep and goats should be commended. The support of Victoria’s producer, agent, saleyard and processing sectors during the transition to an electronic NLIS has been exemplary.”
As previously announced, from 1 January 2019 electronic NLIS sheep tags will be available at subsidised prices which start at $0.55 per tag.
For more information visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheepEID or call 1800 678 779 during business hours.
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