Rationale for change
The mob-based visual tag system did not meet National Traceability Performance Standards and enhancements were not practical or cost effective for Victoria. This change was recommended by the Victorian Auditor General's Office review of Livestock Biosecurity .
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) released a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for improving the NLIS. It concluded that it is not practical or cost effective for Victoria to enhance the mob-based visual tag system.
Electronic identification tags have been mandatory in the cattle industry for over a decade. In addition to the traceability benefits during a disease outbreak or food safety emergency, the storage of individual animal data provides opportunities for producers to further improve their production systems.
Read about the reasoning behind these changes by downloading the following factsheet.
Why a phased approach?
A phased approach was chosen to allow time for all parts of the supply chain to adapt to the new system.
Abattoirs and saleyards needed time to undertake the required planning and design work before installing the required infrastructure. It also allowed time to develop and embed new operational procedures.
The phasing also allowed sufficient time for the flock to be progressively tagged, without requiring producers to re-tag older animals.