Feedback encouraged on livestock systems

NSW Farmers’ Association is encouraging farmers to provide feedback on the latest consultation document released by the Standing Council on Primary Industries on the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).

The association’s goat industry spokesperson Katie Davies said that NSW Farmers’ Association did not support the mandatory use of electronic tags in sheep and goats and was opposed to any moves to introduce this unnecessary and expensive system.

She added that the current mob-based system for sheep and goats was cost effective, easily understood by producers and compliant with traceability requirements. 

“As long as all sheep and goats are tagged and accompanied by the appropriate National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms then biosecurity traceability requirements will be met and there is no need for the current system to change,” she said.

ABARES statement analysed three options for improving the current NLIS including an enhanced mob-based system, an electronic identification system (EID) and an EID without exemptions. It is available on the Department of Agriculture’s website.

Ms Davies said NSW Farmers’ Association would be conducting a full analysis of the report over the coming weeks.

The consultation statement is subject to an 8 week consultation period closing 5pm Friday 6 December 2013.  She encouraged all affected farmers to provide feedback either to the association or directly to ABARES. Submissions can be emailed to

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 0429 990 218

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