An incentive to Western Australian producers as they prepare to adopt the mandatory system for eID tags on sheep and goats, has come in the form of a tag payment discount from the state government
Compulsory by January 2025, eID ear tags are now available for the 2023 lamb and kid drop.
The Tag Incentive Payment discount of 75 cents is part of the WA Government’s $3.4 million commitment to implement the nationally agreed eID system and enhance the State’s traceability capacity.
National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) traceability is vital for a rapid response to an emergency animal disease or food safety incident and to underpin valuable trade relationships and export markets.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer Chris Rodwell said the sky blue 2023 year-of-birth eID tags would enable the scanning devices to be tested ahead of the 1 January 2025 start date.
“The 75 cents per tag discount reduces price difference between the visual tags currently in use and the new eID tags,” Dr Rodwell said.
“The Tag Incentive Payment discount will apply to fully accredited NLIS eID tags, available from rural merchandisers and online for lambs and kids born in 2023.
“As the discount is applied at the manufacturer level, no additional paperwork or online input will be required to purchase the eID tags.