NLIS cattle - background
In 1996, on the recommendation of a government and industry working party, Australia's State and Territory Agriculture and Primary Industries Ministers agreed to develop what became known as the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).
The objective was to enhance identification arrangements by permanently identifying cattle on their property of birth with an ear tag or rumen bolus that could be read quickly and accurately.
In August 2001, the then Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Keith Hamilton, formed the NLIS Implementation Advisory Committee. All major Victorian cattle industry organisations are represented on this committee. The committee developed the timetable for the full implementation of the NLIS in Victoria, including recommendations in relation to mandatory tagging. It also has an ongoing advisory role.
In 2005 the Victorian Government and the cattle industry fully implemented the NLIS starting with the requirement that cattle born on or after 1 January 2002 be identified with an NLIS tag before leaving their property of birth.