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Questions over the cost of national sheep e-ID tags push | Farm Online



Producers want to know how much it would cost to launch an electronic tagging system for sheep?

The roll out of an updated livestock traceability system has long been on the cards but with the national flock still about 64 million, the costs to individual growers of tagging each animal are still unclear.

Victoria is the only state in Australia to have mandated the use of electronic identification (eID) tags on sheep, but the move – made in 2017 – has been heralded an “absolute success”.

Sheep Producers Australia wants this sorted before the national livestock traceability system can be reformed.

SPA chief executive Stephen Crisp said it was well understood a traceability system would help protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar red-meat…

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