Time to tag your sheep

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

From Jan­uary 1, elec­tronic sheep tags will be avail­able to Vic­to­rian pro­duc­ers from 55 cents.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has part­nered with the sheep and goat in­dus­try to make sure elec­tronic tags re­main the cheap­est in Aus­tralia.

Vic­to­ria is the first to tran­si­tion to manda­tory elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for sheep and goats.

EID is im­prov­ing sheep and goat trace­abil­ity and pro­tect­ing Vic­to­ria’s $6.7 bil­lion live­stock in­dus­tries, which in­cludes sheep meat and wool prod­ucts worth more than $2.5 bil­lion.

Un­der the new sys­tem, all sheep and goats born in Vic­to­ria from Jan­uary 1, 2017, are re­quired to be elec­tron­i­cally tagged be­fore leav­ing their prop­erty of birth.

All Vic­to­rian sheep pro­ces­sors started scan­ning elec­tron­i­cally tagged sheep from De­cem­ber 31, sup­ported by in­fra­struc­ture funded through the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Tran­si­tion Pack­age.

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

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