Thirty-three producers across Victoria will share in more than $72,000 in funding in the Victorian Government’s initial roll out of the sheep and goat electronic identification transition package.
Producers can use their grants to purchase and install infrastructure for the electronic system.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford also announced the first electronic NLIS (Sheep and Goats) Transition Package saleyard grant would be awarded to the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association (ALSA).
ALSA has been granted $230,000 for planning activities, including a series of saleyard workshops to explain and discuss options for scanning electronic tags on sheep and registering movements on the NLIS database.
The first workshop kicked off in Bairnsdale and will be followed by Kyneton/Bendigo 8 February 2017, Shepparton 9 February 2017, Casterton 14 February 2017, Ouyen 21 February 2017 and Warracknabeal/Wycheproof 22 February 2017.
Following the ALSA workshops, each participating saleyard, in partnership with local agents and transporters, will develop an operational plan and prepare an inventory of hardware and software required to support their tag scanning installations and associated data management systems.
Producers, saleyards, stock agents, transporters, scanning contractors, knackeries and abattoirs will also receive funding under the recently announced transition package.
Producers keen on embracing the transition to Electronic Identification are encouraged to apply for funding grants.
The deadline for submitting phase 1 funding requests for saleyard planning and design is 31 March 2017.
The deadline for phase 2 funding requests for saleyard infrastructure is 30 June 2017.