$400,000 to help tag transition
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.