Sheep EID tag prices re­main low

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Elec­tronic sheep tags will be avail­able to Vic­to­rian pro­duc­ers from 55¢ next year, with the tags to re­main the cheap­est in the coun­try.

Since No­vem­ber 2016, more than 18 mil­lion elec­tronic tags have been sold and pro­duc­ers across the state have been us­ing the new tech­nol­ogy to record and ac­cess de­tailed data.

The manda­tory elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (EID) for sheep and goats aims to im­prove trace­abil­ity, with all sheep and goats born in Vic­to­ria from Jan­uary 1, 2017 re­quired to be elec­tron­i­cally tagged be­fore leav­ing their prop­erty of birth.

Elec­tronic tag tech­nol­ogy also al­lows pro­ces­sors to pro­vide ac­cu­rate prove­nance de­tails, bet­ter man­age prod­ucts to meet mar­ket spec­i­fi­ca­tions and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion that will drive greater ef­fi­ciency across the sup­ply chain.

All Vic­to­rian sheep pro­ces­sors started scan­ning elec­tron­i­cally tagged sheep from De­cem­ber 31, 2017.

Since March 31 this year, more than 760 000 sheep have been scanned by Vic­to­rian sa­le­yards and up­loaded to the Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem data­base.

Lambs and non-ex­empt kids born af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2019 that orig­i­nate from a premises in­ter­state and move onto a prop­erty in Vic­to­ria will be re­quired to have an elec­tronic tag be­fore they can un­der­take fur­ther move­ment.

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