Thirteen Victorian saleyards, including Shepparton Regional Saleyards, are set for major changes with the Victorian Government providing assistance in the move towards mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced the grants on Thursday, which will support Victorian saleyards to transition to the new system.
‘‘We said we wouldn’t let industry absorb these changes alone — that’s why we’re supporting them to get the job done,’’ Ms Pulford said.
‘‘Introducing this important reform to electronically tag sheep and goats protects market access for our valuable livestock industries and supports innovation and greater productivity through the supply chain.’’
The funding, which totals $1.5million and includes $117354 for Greater Shepparton City Council, follows the development of plans for each saleyard’s infrastructure requirements for electronic identification.
Electronic identification is already boosting traceability and efficiency across the supply chain, further promoting Australia’s excellence in agriculture production worldwide.
Saleyards are required to scan and upload data for all electronically tagged sheep and goats from March 31 next year.
Ms Pulford also encouraged businesses such as stock agents, transporters, scanning contractors, agricultural show operators and export companies to apply for available equipment and software grants by December 31.