Mandatory EID: What do I have to do from January 1 2017?
Victorian sheep farmers know that mandatory eID kicks in on January 1 2017. What does this mean producers actually need to do? And beyond that, why is it important, what can farmers get out of it and how will the information be used?
The answers depends on you and your business. For many producers the mandatory component is extremely simple. If you do not receive livestock from any other property you simply need to tag all lambs and kids born after January 1 2017 with an electronic ear tag prior to selling them. The tags will be subsidised by the government in 2017 (35c per tag).
By January 1, 2022, all animals, regardless of age, will be identified by an approved eID tag before leaving the property of their birth.
You can find out more about getting the basics of eID right here.
So, what about larger farms, feedlots and farms that both buy and sell stock? Obviously, the same rules apply with respect to animals born on these properties. Additionally, animals purchased after March 31 2018, in property to property sales will need to be scanned on arrival and the Property of origin and NLIS number must be sent to the NLIS.
Saleyards and processing plants will also be scanning eID tags from July 2017 and uploading data to NLIS. This information allows animals to be traced through the entire supply chain and can be used to track providence, disease, quality, productivity and many other factors regardless of the path that an individual animal takes through the supply chain. Good traceability can help capitalise on market opportunities associated with food safety and provenance and will help maintain Australia’s reputation as a provider of safe, high quality source of food.
Some sheep producers have been using eID tags along with software and hardware for some time to gather data that helps them to measure and improve their flock’s fertility, growth or fleece production. The cattle industry has had mandatory eID for more than 10 years, and producers have successfully used data collected about individual animals to improve their operations and maximise the bottom line. You can find out more by reviewing the Sapien Technology case studies in the solutions section of our website.