The future for digital capability in saleyards and the continuing rollout of electronic identification for sheep and goats were key items on the agenda at the annual conference of the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association.
Trials done on electronic identification infrastructure and software have been co-ordinated by ALSA and supported through the Victorian Government’s $17million funding package for the industry’s transition to the new traceability system.
‘‘The ALSA and saleyard owners and operators had conducted trials of scanning equipment before settling on the best-suited option for their operation,’’ Victoria’s chief veterinary officer Charles Milne said.
Trials conducted so far have demonstrated some of the options available to saleyards and agents to scan electronic tags on sheep.
The information gathered through the trials will be used to inform the design of ‘fit for purpose’ solutions for each saleyard.
‘‘Saleyards are a critical point in the supply chain and it’s important to establish the right solutions for electronic scanning,’’ Dr Milne said.
‘‘The agriculture industry and the Victorian Government are working together to protect and promote our valuable farming sector.’’
The conference allowed saleyard owners and operators to exchange information and build their knowledge as they prepare to commence electronic scanning by March 31, 2018.
Applications can be made for funding to purchase and install saleyard infrastructure until October 31.