Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tag work­shop

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Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion is en­cour­ag­ing live­stock pro­duc­ers to boost their un­der­stand­ing of sheep and goat elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tags by at­tend­ing State Gov­ern­ment work­shops across the Wim­mera and Mallee.

Two-hour work­shops have al­ready been in St Ar­naud and Birchip and are sched­uled for Swan Hill to­day.

They will con­tinue at Ouyen from mid­day to­mor­row, Hor­sham from 10am on Mon­day, Eden­hope from 10am Tues­day and Kaniva from 10am on Fe­bru­ary 15.

VFF live­stock pres­i­dent Leonard Val­lance said the work­shops were a good op­por­tu­nity for pro­duc­ers to get a grasp on the sup­port avail­able dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod from a vis­ual to elec­tronic tag sys­tem.

“The point of the work­shop is to dis­pel ru­mours and myths con­cern­ing the scheme,” he said.

“We want pro­duc­ers to know the EID tags are cost neu­tral due to gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment.

“The clear mes­sage to pro­duc­ers must be that the only change to on-farm prac­tice is the change of the ear tag to EID.

“All other prac­tices re­lat­ing to on-farm man­age­ment and pro­duc­tion are at the dis­cre­tion of the pro­ducer if they see ben­e­fit to their own busi­ness.”

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the gov­ern­ment’s EID tran­si­tion pack­age – in­clud­ing cost-neu­tral tags for pro­duc­ers and grants for pur­chas­ing in­fra­struc­ture – will form a large part of the in­for­ma­tion ses­sions.

The EID scheme came into force on Jan­uary 1, with all new­born sheep and goats in Vic­to­ria now re­quir­ing elec­tronic tags.

Peo­ple want­ing more in­for­ma­tion on the tran­si­tion pack­age, time­line for im­ple­men­ta­tion, stan­dards and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties can go to www.agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au/sheep­eid or call 1800 678 779.

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