Victorian saleyards get sheep tagging funding win

Thirteen Victorian saleyards are set for major changes with the Victorian Government providing assistance in the move towards mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats.

Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the grants, which will support Victorian saleyards transition to the new system.

Saleyards in Pakenham, Leongatha, Sale, Bairnsdale, Colac, Warrnambool, Wycheproof, Ouyen, Swan Hill, Nhill, Horsham, Warracknabeal and Shepparton will receive grants to purchase and install new scanning equipment and software.

Saleyards are required to scan and upload data for all electronically tagged sheep and goats from 31 March 2018.

The funding follows the development of plans for each saleyard’s infrastructure requirements for electronic identification, following consultation with local agents, transporters and saleyard staff, often with assistance from specialist contractors.

Total infrastructure funding for these thirteen saleyards comes to more than $1.5 million. It follows November 2017’s announcement that Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange was the first major saleyard to receive a grant for electronic identification equipment.

Electronic identification is already boosting traceability and efficiency across the supply chain, further promoting our excellence in agriculture production worldwide.

Ms Pulford also encouraged businesses such as stock agents, transporters, scanning contractors, agricultural show operators and export companies to apply for available equipment and software grants by 31 December 2017.

These grants can fund equipment such as wand and panel readers, as well as software to collect and manage data and record movements on the National Livestock Identification System database.

The Government has been helping farmers and everyone across the supply chain make the transition with its $17 million industry and farmer support package.

Source: Vic Government