VENDORS sending livestock to saleyards will face stiff fines if animals leave their properties without National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags.
The NLIS enables livestock to be identified and tracked which helps protect the reputation of Victoria’s livestock industry as a supplier of top quality meat and dairy products providing a competitive advantage in domestic and export markets.
Bairnsdale Animal Health Officer, Megan Filtness said East Gippsland has had issues with livestock arriving untagged at the saleyards resulting in an unacceptably high number of saleyard post-breeder tags being required.
“Cattle being dispatched to a saleyard, scale, abattoir, knackery, show or any other property must be identified with an NLIS electronic ear tag or a combination of ear tag and NLIS rumen bolus before leaving the property of birth,” Ms Filtness said.
“It is an offence to dispatch and transport untagged cattle from a property or apply breeder tags once stock have left the property at the saleyards or anywhere else.
“Producers and transporters caught committing these offences may be prosecuted and under current penalties could be fined up to $8000.”
Ms Filtness said any cattle found arriving at the saleyards untagged must also be tagged with a saleyard orange post-breeder tag.
“A fee is generally payable for saleyard post-breeder tags and is the only option available for identifying cattle arriving at a saleyard untagged,” Ms Filtness said
“In addition to being NLIS tagged, all livestock must be accompanied in transit by a completed and signed Vendor Declaration, or, in the case of pigs, a valid Pigpass.
“A permit to dispatch untagged cattle can be granted by Animal Health staff in certain circumstances – contact your local DEDJTR staff for further information.”