Sheep and Goat Individual Electronic Identification

NSW is currently transitioning to mandatory individual electronic identification for sheep and goats.

In September 2022, all agricultural ministers in Australia agreed to work towards mandatory implementation of sheep and goat eIDs nation-wide by 1 January 2025. Because of that commitment, the NSW Government and sheep and goat industries are working together to develop a plan for meeting that 1 January 2025 date.

NSW DPI and representatives from sectors across the sheep and goat industries are working together to develop a draft implementation plan for mandatory sheep and goat eID’s in NSW. All representatives sit on the NSW eID Sheep and Goat Reference Group (see below).


Explainer: mob based movement vs eID tracking

This video shows the difference between the current mob based movement and the mandatory individual eID system we are moving to for sheep and goats.

This video has been created by the industry-governments’ co-design group supporting the Sheep and Goat Traceability Taskforce in November 2022.


Missed the webinar?

Catch up on the presentation made by DPI's Dougal Gordon with an introduction to mandatory sheep and goat eID's in NSW.

Dougal is the chair of the NSW eID Sheep and Goat Reference Group.


Share your feedback

Sectors across the NSW sheep and goat industry are invited to provide feedback to help inform NSW implementation of the state’s future sheep and goat livestock traceability program.

Invitation to industry forum on sheep and goat mandatory eID

Hosted by Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders

Join the Hon. Dugald Saunders MP, Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW to hear more about the implementation of mandatory sheep and goat electronic identification.

People from all sectors of the sheep and goat industry are invited, including producers, feedlotters, stock and station agents, advisers and those involved in saleyard, abattoir and knackeries management.

Bring any questions you have for Minister Saunders to the meeting.

Bourke

  • When: 10am-12pm, Tuesday 13 December
  • Where: Back of Bourke Exhibition Centre, Kidman Way, Bourke

Light lunch available after the meeting.

RSVP by Monday 12 December 2022 by visiting events.humanitix.com/bourke-eid

Dubbo

  • When: 10.30-12pm, Thursday 15 December
  • Where: Dubbo Turf Club, Merrilea Rd, Dubbo

Light lunch available after the meeting.

RSVP by Tuesday 13 December 2022 by visiting events.humanitix.com/eid-dubbo

Share your thoughts on the development of an implementation plan for mandatory sheep and goat eID's by completing the online survey.

If you are unable to attend a webinar or would like to provide your thoughts in writing, please email the DPI team on livestock.traceability@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Sectors of the NSW sheep and goat industry were invited to provide feedback to help inform NSW implementation of the state’s future sheep and goat livestock traceability program during November 2022.

Goat producers, goat depots and feedlots

  • 2pm, 2 November 2022

Sheep producers and feedlots

  • 8pm, 2 November 2022

Abattoirs and knackeries

  • 10am, 3 November 2022

Saleyard

  • 4pm, 3 November 2022

Stock and Station Agents

  • 10am, 4 November 2022

Farmer advisers and contractors

  • 10am, 7 November 2022

Transporters

  • 3pm, 7 November 2022

Manufacturers

  • 10am, 8 November 2022

NSW eID Sheep and Goat Reference Group

A reference group comprising key industry representatives has been formed to ensure stakeholders have a say in the development of an eID system for sheep and goats.

The group includes producers, business operators and peak industry and government bodies from across Australia.

Chaired by NSW DPI, the reference group includes representatives from:

  • NSW Farmers’ Association
  • Australian Livestock Markets Association
  • Australian Livestock & Property Agents’ Association
  • Livestock Bulk & Rural Carriers Association
  • Australian Meat Industry Council
  • Integrity Systems Company Ltd
  • NSW Police Force, Rural Crime Prevention Team
  • Sheep industry representatives

The Reference Group will release a communique following each meeting to inform stakeholders of progress towards the implementation of an eID system for sheep and goats.

At the meeting on 14 November 2022, the Reference Group were in Victoria on the study tour of sectors where a mandatory sheep and goat eID system is already in place.

The Reference Group

  • Received their regular update on progress at a national level to transition to mandatory eIDs for sheep and goats
  • Received a presentation from NSW DPI on the webinar series that ran between 2/11 and 8/11, and feedback received from attendees
  • Agreed on the draft implementation plan timeline.
  • Received a presentation from Integrity Systems regarding the National Livestock Systems, eNVD and Livestock Production Assurance.

At the meeting on 1 November 2022, the Reference Group

  • Received an update on the progress at a national level to transition to mandatory eIDs for sheep and goats
  • Discussed the draft implementation plan timelines and structure
  • Discussed government assistance needs for implementation
  • Received an update on communications and engagement approach, and plans for the sector specific webinar series.

At its meeting on 18 October 2022 the Reference Group:

  1. Agreed on an updated Terms of Reference for the reference group based on feedback from group members since the previous meeting.
  2. Received a presentation from Agriculture Victoria Manager Livestock Traceability Ben Fahy on the challenges and learnings of implementing eID for sheep and goats in Victoria.
  3. Reviewed a draft communications plan that seeks to ensure all stakeholder groups are informed and engaged in the implementation of eID for sheep and goats in NSW.
  4. Received an update on the current work underway in developing a national eID implementation plan.
  5. Discussed an updated draft implementation timeline with agreement to seek feedback from reference group membership on an updated draft (based on these discussions) at the next reference group meeting.

For more information visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/eid

At its meeting on 5 October, 2022 the Reference Group:

  1. Recognised the benefits of strengthening biosecurity, market access and on-farm productivity in NSW through the implementation of lifetime traceability of individual sheep and goats.
  2. Agreed on Terms of Reference for its operation including ensuring that traceability was considered holistically in terms of capability, capacity, infrastructure and equipment across the supply chain.
  3. Agreed to finalise an implementation plan for electronic identification (eID) tagging for sheep and goats in NSW by the end of this year. The Reference Group noted this would align with the release of the national implementation plan and allow early planning for infrastructure and management practices.
  4. Agreed that the date of 1 January, 2025 for national implementation of an eID program will likely involve staged implementation to ensure the underlying national database can accommodate the necessary additional data and so supply chain participants can prepare accordingly.
  5. Agreed to seek feedback from their respective organizations and members on the most logical phasing of these stages for discussion at a future meeting and for feedback on eID consultation opportunities involving Government, industry and reference group members.
  6. Agreed to meet fortnightly, and to provide a communique updating stakeholders and industry of progress on the eID implementation program following each meeting.