Rebate expanded for electronic identification tags for sheep and farmed goats

REBATE EXTENDED: The state government has expanded the rebate for sheep and farmed goat electronic identification (eID) tags purchased between 2023 and 2025 that do not align to the corresponding year-of-birth colour. Picture: File

The state government has expanded the rebate for sheep and farmed goat electronic identification (eID) tags purchased between 2023 and 2025 that do not align to the corresponding year-of-birth colour.

The rebate would enable producers who do not follow the year-of-birth colour system to access a rebate until June 30, 2025, for National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) accredited eID tags to sheep and farmed goats born in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

The expanded rebate would include all eight colours in the NLIS year-of-birth colour scheme.

As per the earlier eID rebate program, South Australian producers would be able to apply for a rebate of 50 per cent up to a cap of $0.95 (GST exclusive) for each eligible tag.

Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) executive director of major programs and regions Peter Appleford said they were pleased to extend the rebate to assist South Australian farmers.

“Improved traceability is crucial to ensuring we have the best possible system in place to protect our $2.39 billion livestock industry if a disease such as Foot and Mouth occurs in Australia and that’s exactly what the eID system for sheep and farmed goats will deliver,” he said.

The rebate opened on July 1, 2024, for eligible tags purchased between January 1, 2023, and June 30, 2025.

It excludes pink post-breeder tags, non-NLIS accredited devices and colours outside of the year-of-birth colour system, such as brown and grey.

Tags aligned to the current year-of-birth colour can be purchased at a $0.95 discount at the point of sale.

The discount scheme applies for black NLIS accredited eID tags purchased between January 1 to December 31 and white NLIS accredited eID tags purchased between January 1, 2025, to June 30, 2025.

The NLIS year-of-birth colour system is used by producers for management purposes and remains voluntary in South Australia.

Producers must have an active PIC and be registered with PIRSA to claim the rebate.

Fore more information or to apply for the rebate visit pir.sa.gov.au/expanded-eid-rebate to read