Sheep, goats on the radar

SHEEP and goats born in Victoria after January 1, 2017 will require an electronic identification tag.

And 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 National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database.

Making the announcement last week, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said there will be a four week consultation period on both the transition package and draft implementation standards to ensure the smooth introduction of the electronic identification system.

Funding to support the transition will be provided based on feedback received and will focus on the phased adoption of electronic identification technology across the supply chain.

Prices for sheep tags range from 77c to 89c at present but the increased demand is expected to reduce the cost further.

The Victorian Farmers Federation livestock group said it was determined to negotiate the best outcome for livestock producers following the decision.

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