Tag cost neutral changeover promised by government
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.