Tag cost neu­tral changeover promised by govern­ment

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

PHOTOCREDI­T: ww.agric.wa.gov.au

MORE d e t a i l s h ave been re­leased by the State Govern­ment as t o how farm­ers can cap­i­talise on the $17 mil­lion in fund­ing a va i l a b l e to ease the elec­tronic ID tran­si­tion.

As of Jan­uary 2017, all sheep and goat new­borns in Vic­to­ria will re­quire an elec­tronic tag.

The de­ci­sion to make the ID tag­ging a re­quire­ment was made ear­lier this year, with some farm­ers dis­traught at hav­ing to find the re­sources to fund the ad­di­tional ear tags.

To make the in­tro­duc­tion to elec­tronic IDs cost neu­tral, the govern­ment has an­nounced a $17 mil­lion pack­age - sub­si­dis­ing the cost of the new tags so that they cost 35 cents, the cur­rent price of vis­ual tags.

The govern­ment is also of­fer­ing i nfras­truc­ture grants, co-funded equip­ment grants and an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram to sup­port sheep and goat pro­duc­ers, sa­le­yards, abat­toirs, pro­ces­sors and ser­vice providers in mak­ing the change.

Sa­le­yards and abat­toirs have un­til July next year to have elec­tronic scan­ning sys­tems in place.

“We’ve care­fully struc­tured this pack­age to en­sure all parts of the sup­ply chain get the sup­port they need, and we l ook for­ward t o see­ing in­dus­try work col­lab­o­ra­tively to adopt the new sys­tem,” Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Jaala Pul­ford said.

“We wil l o f c o u r s e con­tinue t o l i sten t o all parts of the in­dus­try through to the fi­nal stages of im­ple­men­ta­tion in 2022.

“Con­sul­ta­tion has been a hall­mark of this tran­si­tion pack­age and it will re­main cen­tral to the steps ahead.”

Pres­i­dent of the Vic­to­rian Fa r mers ’ F e d e r a t i o n ’s Live­stock Group, Leonard Val­lance, s ai d t he cost neu­tral changeover was a win for lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

“The VFF’s po­si­tion has been that the new tags s hould be c ost - neutr a l to farm­ers, and the 2017 cheap­est in­di­vid­ual tag price of 35 cents de­liv­ers this,” Mr Val­lance said.

“Of course this is a sig­nif­i­cant change for Vic­to­ria, but I have ev­ery con­fi­dence that this change can be de­liv­ered by our in­dus­try and will serve us well to meet the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the 21st cen­tury.”

OLD SYS­TEM: The State Govern­ment has promised to fully sub­sidise Vic­to­rian sheep and goat pro­duc­ers who must now swap from us­ing vis­ual ID tags (pic­tured) to elec­tronic tags.

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