THE price of National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) cattle tags has once again decreased for Victorian producers – when purchased via Agriculture Victoria’s tag purchasing service.
Starting August 1 2021, the tags will be available to Victorian cattle producers for $0.44 per tag.
The new prices are expected to save Victoria’s cattle producers around $10m over five-years – when Agriculture Victoria’s supply contract is set to expire.
Agriculture Victoria livestock traceability manager Ben Fahy said the use of cattle tags for traceability and food safety purposes was the responsibility of all livestock owners, whether they have a large herd or a few pet cows.
“Traceability, through the NLIS, protects the reputation of Victoria’s livestock industries as a supplier of safe food and enables efficient responses during disease outbreaks or food safety emergencies,” Mr Fahy said.
Electronic NLIS ear tags are used to identify livestock and allow the electronic recording of data as livestock move between properties to a saleyard, scales, abattoir or knackery.
For further information on how producers can purchase NLIS tags visit https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/livestock-and-animals/national-livestock-identification-system or phone Agriculture Victoria’s helpline on 1800 678 779 during office hours.