The ability to trace individual sheep and goats through the supply chain is critical to maintain the product integrity, market advantages and emergency disease response capability for the livestock industry. The current visual mob-based system has worked effectively in the past, but improvements are now needed.
In September 2022, federal, state and territory agriculture ministers reaffirmed their commitment, first agreed in July 2022, for government to work collaboratively with industry to advance work on a national approach to Australia’s livestock traceability systems. This included Ministers’ collective agreement to introduce a national mandatory individual electronic identification (eID) system for sheep and goats, working towards 1 January 2025.
On 8 June 2023, the State Government announced the key dates and an associated initial $9.3 million funding package, to assist producers and the broader industry start the transition towards mandatory sheep and goat eID in South Australia by January 2025. Read more here