The VFF Livestock Group has welcomed the continuing investment into the eID tag price as the Victorian Government rolls out the new electronic system.
Investment from the government is through the $17million Sheep and Goat Transition Fund and the aim of the fund is to help Victoria’s sheep industry implement electronic identification along the supply chain to provide consumers with a lifetime traceability guarantee.
‘‘This welcomed investment will ensure eID tags in 2018 are available at a subsidised rate of 45 cents,’’ VFF Livestock president Leonard Vallance said.
This price is further supported by the Victorian Government’s innovative tag tender system providing an advantage to Victorian livestock producers not available in any other state.
The VFF has advocated for no change to on-farm management practices during the roll-out of the system and as a result the subsidy will extend to all tag colours for 2018 as opposed to the colour-coded year tags subsidy that was the case this year.
‘‘I received numerous calls from farmers telling me they don’t use ‘year by colour’ as a management practice so I took that directly to the minister’s office and I thank Minister (Jaala) Pulford for listening,’’ Mr Vallance said.
He said Victorian sheep farmers had accepted the challenge of implementing the new system, with 10million tags sold to date displaying the progressive mindset of the industry.
‘‘It’s pleasing to see farmers and the processing sector on track with implementation and we look forward to seeing the saleyards come online in the new year.’’
■More information on eID in sheep and goats can be found at: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/national-livestock-identification-system/nlis-sheepand-goats