Sheep and Farmed Goats to be Tagged From the 1st January 2009

In 2004, the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) introduced a new system for tracing sheep and goats, the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS Sheep & Goats). NLIS (Sheep & Goats) commenced on 1 January 2006, with sheep and goats born after that date required to be tagged before leaving the property of birth. Several States have separate arrangements for identification of dairy goats; contact each state department for details.

From 1 January 2009, all sheep and farmed goats must be ear tagged before they are moved from any property to a saleyard, abattoir or another property. The tag must be printed with the property identification code (PIC) of the property the sheep or goats are moving from. A movement document ('national vendor declaration' or 'transported stock statement') must be fully completed and accompany the animals. If the mob is non-vendor bred or mixed and contains tags with different PICs, all PICs must be written on the movement document.

Each State and Territory is responsible for NLIS (Sheep & Goats) in its jurisdiction, click here for state contacts.

For a summary on how to order tags in each state click here and for accredited tag suppliers click here.

For more information on NLIS sheep and goats in NSW click here.

Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries and Meat and Livestock Australia

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