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The national rollout of mandatory sheep and goat electronic identification (eID) aka radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags continues to be a hot topic in the media and among industry stakeholders. While the purpose of a national eID tagging system is primarily aimed at bolstering Australia’s livestock traceability capabilities, a digitally based system could also bring additional benefits for sheep and goat producers in the areas of animal welfare, reproduction and overall efficiency.
Many of these benefits relate to the ability of eID devices to be used to record and store data of individual animals, compared to mob-based visual tagging system. This allows for performance data to be gathered on individuals and capture the high degree of variation between animals in the mob. Capitalising on these benefits can help you get as much value as possible out of the implementation of eID tags and infrastructure on your property. Some of these benefits are highlighted below.
More info available on Agriculture Victoria’s website: On-farm benefits of electronic identification (EID) | Sheep | Livestock and animals | Agriculture Victoria.
RSPCA Australia has summarised a list of benefits that the eID system can bring to animal welfare both on farms and at the saleyard/abattoir. Some examples include:
See the RSPCA website for more: What are the animal welfare benefits of an electronic identification (NLIS) tag for farm animals? – RSPCA Knowledgebase.