$400,000 to help tag tran­si­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Sheep and goat pro­duc­ers can ap­ply for a share of $400,000 to help with the tran­si­tion to an elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion trace­abil­ity scheme.

Sixty-one farm­ers will ben­e­fit from this round of State Gov­ern­ment grants, which will re­duce the cost of elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion equip­ment such as read­ers and ap­pli­ca­tors.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford said the gov­ern­ment’s tran­si­tion pack­age pro­vided for cost-neu­tral tags at 35 cents to farm­ers in 2017, mean­ing nearly all Vic­to­rian sheep and goat pro­duc­ers re­ceived ben­e­fits from the pack­age.

With new rules that came into ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, all new­born sheep and goats in Vic­to­ria now re­quire an elec­tronic NLIS tag be­fore they leave their prop­erty of birth.

“We’re mak­ing sure live­stock pro­duc­ers, sale yards and abat­toirs are ready for this change that will help Vic­to­ria suc­ceed on the world stage and strengthen our biose­cu­rity sys­tem,” Ms Pul­ford said.

“No one needs to buy new gear other than the tags and a reader, but it’s great to see so many farm­ers who want to do more.”

Ms Pul­ford en­cour­aged farm­ers who were keen to em­brace ad­di­tional on-farm ben­e­fits to ap­ply for grants to pur­chase op­tional equip­ment such as read­ers and pur­pose­built weigh­ing sys­tems.

To date, close to 100 ap­pli­ca­tions from farm­ers have been ap­proved.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for equip­ment grants are avail­able at www.agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au/ sheep­eid or by call­ing 1800 678 779 dur­ing busi­ness hours.

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