Livestock

Sheep EID tag prices remain low

By Country News

Electronic sheep tags will be available to Victorian producers from 55¢ next year, with the tags to remain the cheapest in the country.

Since November 2016, more than 18million electronic tags have been sold and producers across the state have been using the new technology to record and access detailed data.

The mandatory electronic identification (EID) for sheep and goats aims to improve traceability, with all sheep and goats born in Victoria from January 1, 2017 required to be electronically tagged before leaving their property of birth.

Electronic tag technology also allows processors to provide accurate provenance details, better manage products to meet market specifications and provide information that will drive greater efficiency across the supply chain.

All Victorian sheep processors started scanning electronically tagged sheep from December 31, 2017.

Since March 31 this year, more than 760000 sheep have been scanned by Victorian saleyards and uploaded to the National Livestock Identification System database.

Lambs and non-exempt kids born after January 1, 2019 that originate from a premises interstate and move onto a property in Victoria will be required to have an electronic tag before they can undertake further movement.