What is 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 National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), before being dispatched to a saleyard, abattoir or another property.
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.
Details of the 2017 changes: Electronic identification for sheep and goats.
Why is the NLIS (sheep and goats) needed?
Victoria's sheep meat exports have increased by 18 per cent in 2014–15 to be valued at just over $1 billion, accounting for 34 per cent of Victoria's meat exports. This makes Victoria, Australia's leading exporter of sheep meat. The NLIS (sheep and goats) is needed to enhance Australia's ability to quickly and successfully access key domestic and export markets.
The NLIS (sheep and goats) was introduced using visual ear tags on 1 January, 2006. All properties running sheep and/or farmed goats are required to have a Property Identification Code (PIC).