NLIS sheep and goats
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identifying and tracking beef and dairy cattle, as well as sheep and goats. The Victorian Government and livestock industry organisations have agreed to work together to fully implement the NLIS so that consumers in Australia and overseas can have confidence in our beef, sheep meat and dairy products. The NLIS enables animals to be reliably identified and tracked from their property of birth to slaughter, protecting the reputation of Victoria's livestock industries.
From 1 January 2017, all sheep and goats born in Victoria will require an electronic identification tag, linked to the NLIS, before leaving their property of birth. Each electronic tag is printed with a visually readable Property Identification Code (PIC) and serial number.
From mid-2017, all saleyards, abattoirs and knackeries will be required to scan electronic tags of sheep and goats and upload the information to the NLIS database.
Read more detail about the 2017 changes to electronic identification for sheep and goats.
Visually readable tags can be purchased from rural retail outlets if a producer has a current Property Identification Code (PIC).
Further information about NLIS (sheep and goats)
- What is the NLIS (sheep and goats)?
- Your guide to Victoria's sheep and goat identification legislation
- On-farm benefits of sheep electronic identification (EID)
- Your guide to the use of electronic NLIS (sheep) tags
- Electronic Identification (EID) readers and their use in a sheep production enterprise
- Electronic Identification (EID) equipment and software suppliers for sheep producers
- Watch the electronic sheep identification video
How do I?
National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms
Sheep and goat producers who have a valid PIC can obtain Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) NVDs by phoning the LPA helpline on 1800 683 111 during office hours or by visiting Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Livestock Production Assurance (food safety and quality assurance).