The Victorian Government will continue to subsidise electronic sheep tags in 2018.
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced last week ongoing support from the Andrews Government for electronic sheep tags, which will be available from 45¢ for 2018.
‘‘We’re supporting farmers and ensuring electronic sheep and goat tags in Victoria remain the cheapest in the country,’’ Ms Pulford said.
All sheep and goats born in Victoria since January 1 require an electronic tag.
Ten million have been sold so far this year, the vast majority at a cost neutral price starting from 35¢.
Farmers have also benefited from co-funded grants to purchase optional equipment and software.
Ms Pulford also announced $1.47million from the $17million Sheep and Goat Transition Fund to help meat processors implement electronic identification.
‘‘As more and more electronic tags are being manufactured the unit price is dropping, easing this transition for Victorian producers longer term,’’ she said.
In addition, all 22 Victorian saleyards have now submitted their applications for funding to support compulsory scanning of sheep and goats from March 31 next year.
■For more information on electronic tagging, visit: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheepEID