Western Australia’s leading agricultural advocacy group welcomes yesterday’s announcement that mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats will not be adopted.
WAFarmers’ Livestock Section made a submission to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for the implementation of improvements to the National Livestock Identification System late last year in which it opposed the adoption of mandatory electronic identification.
“The existing system of identification and traceability is well accepted and the introduction of mandatory electronic identification is not commercially viable,” WAFarmers Meat Section President Jeff Murray said.
“It is our opinion that improvements to the traceability of animals can be made via appropriate education and extension programs rather than forcing a costly system onto producers who may not have the capability to implement it.”
Mr Murray said it was encouraging that the Agriculture Ministers had listened to the advice of industry bodies and producers.
“We look forward to working with the State government to improve traceability in the current mob-based system while also reducing red tape for producers,” he said.
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