MAJOR meat processor Thomas Foods International is encouraging lamb suppliers to consider voluntary electronic identification of sheep and goats nationally for biosecurity, traceability and market access benefits.
BALLARAT has emerged as the first Victorian saleyard to consistently scan and upload data from electronically identified sheep and lambs at commercial sales in the lead-up to the 2018 statewide saleyards EID scanning deadline.
ELECTRONIC sheep and goat ear tag sales have increased in Victoria with the introduction of a new protocol enabling rural distributors to order tags through the State Government’s online service.
Dutch sheep farmer Diederik Sleurink gave Victorian saleyard managers a first hand demonstration of how he tags and registers his sheep electronically on a Litams hand-held connected reader.
SHEEP ear tag suppliers have concerns about the Victorian Government’s ability to ensure prices are equitably cost neutral in the lead-up to the mandatory electronic identification of stock born after January 1 2017.
AUSTRALIA’S state and territory governments, and sheep producer groups should pursue a national roll-out of mandatory electronic tag identification of sheep and goats, Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group president Leonard Vallance said this morning.
Australia’s Sheep CRC has organised a series of workshops across NSW to help producers integrate electronic identification (eID) and data collection into flock programs. The Sheep CRC said electronic identification (eID) and data collection is gaining momentum in the sheep industry as producers look to efficiently capture and use individual animal information.
Farmer groups and stock agents across Australia today restated their opposition to mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats, reiterating support for mob-based visual tag identification.