VFF to ensure eIDs do not have farmers facing additional costs
THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) livestock group president Leonard Vallance said the lobby group is determined to negotiate the best outcome for producers following the announcement of mandatory electronic tagging for sheep and goats.
“We will be working hard to ensure farmers and other stakeholders will not face additional costs by this decision of government to mandate electronic tags in sheep and goats,” he said.
“Livestock producers need a guarantee that they won’t be disadvantaged by the cost of fitting electronic tags to their stock.
“The State Government has offered to invest in eIDs for the first year, but this investment needs to be guaranteed for the long term.
“Governments – state and federal – need to remember they have a community obligation to contribute to the cost of traceability when it comes to major livestock disease outbreaks that affect everyone, not just farmers,” Mr Vallance said.
He added that the group is determined to negotiate the best outcome for livestock producers to ensure there is no impact on livestock operations across Victoria.
“We will make it clear to government that the cost of post farm gate eID infrastructure must not be imposed on farmers,” he said.
Not all groups are happy about the mandatory tagging with the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) frustrated and disappointed with the decision.
The ALPA said the decision goes against the State Government’s commitment to national industry bodies and other states and territories that it would not mandate tags until a national approach was agreed on and with industry consultation.
The group said the total disregard for this commitment and lack of national consultation is disappointing.
ALPA chief executive officer Andy Madigan said no one from the State Government can demonstrate how the system can work in a saleyard environment at commercial speeds.