Electronic identification for sheep and goats
- Transition package and finalised standards
- Producer workshops and webinar
- More information
- Media releases
- What is changing
- Rationale for change
- More information about electronic tagging
Watch this short video that summarises the key aspects of Victoria's transition to electronic tagging of sheep and goats.
Transition package and finalised standards
The sheep and goat industry across Victoria is set to benefit from a $17 million package to support the introduction of electronic identification technology across the supply chain:
The following documents detail some of the options for funding across the sheep and goat supply chain:
Producer workshops and webinar
A series of workshops are being held to provide information and training to producers. You can now register for one of the workshops that are currently open.
If you missed one of these sessions, you can watch this webinar on what sheep and goat producers need to do from 1 January 2017:
From 1 January 2017, all sheep and goats born in Victoria will require an electronic identification tag, linked to the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), before being dispatched to a saleyard, abattoir or another property.
From 1 July 2017, all saleyards, abattoirs and knackeries must commence scanning electronic tags of sheep and goats and uploading the information to the NLIS database.
In finalising the transition package and standards the following documents have been updated:
Frequently asked questions about the transition
Find out more about 'cost neutral' electronic tags and how to order them:
Minister Pulford (11 November 2016): Protecting Our Sheep And Goat Industries
Chief Veterinary Officer (25 August 2016): Electronic identification options without a big price tag
Minister Pulford (24 August 2016): Electronic ID Tags to Strengthen Livestock Biosecurity
The department met with and received submissions from producers, farming groups, industry associations, stock agents, saleyards, abattoirs, transporters and service providers on both the proposed standards and transition pack.
These submissions played a key role in shaping how the support available and how the systems will work.
What is changing
The department has prepared answers to some frequently asked questions which detail how the phased implementation will roll out.
Rationale for change
The current mob-based visual tag system does not meet National Traceability Performance Standards and enhancements are 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 current 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.
Agriculture Victoria currently retails the cheapest electronic NLIS tags in Australia thanks to a competitive tendering process. Increased demand for the tags is likely to deliver even cheaper products to support producers adopting this technology.
More information about electronic identification for sheep and goats
Using electronic NLIS sheep and goats tags is not new and many producers have successfully implemented improved farming systems based on this technology.
*Accessible versions of these documents are currently not available. Work to create accessible versions may already be in progress or accessible versions can be provided on request. Please contact the Digital and Social Media team, if you need further information about these documents.