Transition to mandatory electronic NLIS (Sheep & Goats)
On 24 August 2016, the Minister for Agriculture announced the introduction of mandatory electronic identification of sheep and goats in Victoria, commencing from 1 January 2017. Electronic ear tags are already required for cattle.
Victoria's livestock industries generate exports valued at
$6.7 billion per year, with sheep meat and wool production valued at
approximately $2.5 billion per year. These industries are essential to
rural and regional economies and their ongoing viability is underpinned
by having reliable and efficient
Introduction of electronic tags will enable Victoria to reduce risks to market access, trade, and human health from a disease or food safety emergency.
At the 24 August announcement, a commitment was made that Agriculture Victoria would consult on draft standards (or business rules) and a transition package to support the move to a mandatory electronic system. The intention to provide 'cost-neutral' tags for the first 12 months was also announced.
The aim of the consultation period was to listen to stakeholders across the supply chain, to understand their views on the draft standards and transition package, and to respond following considered analysis of the feedback. The final standards and transition package, including funding, have been announced and details are available on the Agriculture Victoria website.
Photo Caption: Victoria's Chief Veterinarian Officer Dr Charles Milne, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Sheep and Goat Identification Advisory Committee Chair Stuart McLean at a sheep property at Colac following the 24 August announcement.