How sheep tag changes on June 1 affect you

The change to the existing National Sheep Identification System (NSIS) regulations came into effect on October 1, 2018.

Now, the second phase of his process has come into effect.

From June 1, 2019, all sheep moving from any holding must be identified electronically.

This will affect stock as follows:

  • Lambs aged under 12 months that are moving directly to a slaughter premises from the holding of their birth may be tagged, at a minimum, with a single yellow electronic identification (EID) tag inserted in the animal’s right ear.
  • All sheep (other than lambs aged under 12 months that move directly to slaughter from the holding of their birth) must be identified with a full set of EID tags or an electronic bolus set.

    As part of the changes to the NSIS system, flock owners have received new dispatch document books during May

  • These new dispatch documents must be used when moving sheep from your holding, from June 1, 2019.

    Dispatch documents without bar-coded serial numbers will not be valid NSIS documentation, with effect from June 1, 2019, and must not be used on or after that date.

    If you haven’t received these new documents, you can request them by contacting your regional Department of Agriculture office, or the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) division.

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