Electronic identification - One year on
25 August 2017
We think the sheep and goat electronic identification numbers look good. As we enter Spring 2017, it's one year since the announcement was made by Minister Pulford to introduce compulsory electronic identification for the sheep and goat industry in Victoria. What a difference a year makes!
Since 24 August 2016, here are some of the numbers we think mark the great progress that has been made. Well done to everyone involved, thanks for rising to the challenge.
56 face-to-face meetings with over 400 stakeholders and 46 written submissions during the consultation phase.
8.4 millionelectronic tags have been purchased through Agriculture Victoria.
2.4 milliondollars invested in optional scanning equipment by Victorian sheep producers to capture the additional productivity benefits of having electronic tags.
17 million dollar support package to fund grant across the supply chain and cost-neutral electronic tags.
24 abattoirs are on track to comply with the new system by 31 December 2017.
23 sheep saleyards are actively engaged in trials and planning or purchasing required infrastructure to meet their 31 March 2018 requirements.
35 cent cost neutral electronic tags on sale.
Over 1,700 producers attended our information sessions held across the state to help industry understand what's required.
480 producers received grants to co-fund the purchase of optional scanning equipment.
These numbers stack up to protect our $6.7 billion a year livestock industries. More information is available on our NLIS Sheep and Goat pages.