Agriculture Victoria Transition to Electronic Identification of Sheep and Goats in Victoria

Agriculture Victoria   Transition to Electronic Identification of Sheep and Goats in Victoria


(light upbeat music) -: We’re on target, we’re on track. And the milestones that have been set at the start of this project are being delivered. So we started with producers, who are required to put in tags for their newborn sheep and lambs, so, lambs and kids. In January, 2017 with very cost effective tags subsidised by the government. We’ve moved from there to processors, who are uploading and scanning those electronically tagged sheep and goats. And now we’re in a situation where sale yards are meeting those same requirements and farmers, with their private property transfers. So we are right on track. -: It’s a very kind introduction, really, to something that’s paramount and really important for the industry. And the benefits it will give you in the long run. -: I still look at the cropping and think well, what, 15, 20 years ago nobody used auto steer, and a lot of people looked at the cost of that and thought, “No I’m just gonna keep steering by hand.” But you wouldn’t buy a new tractor now that didn’t have it on it. And I think that the ID is just gonna be something like that, it’s just gonna be part of our farming business and you’ll scratch your head as to- -: How you managed before that.
-: Yeah. -: I think there certainly has been a shift in attitude. I think there was a lot of unknowns, originally, when it was first announced. But in my mind, at that stage, it was no different from cattle, it was just a numbers game. It was more numbers. One of the issues, I think we had to start with was around hardware and sourcing the hardware that was going to be used going forward. But there’s a lot of trial work done on existing, new… And that was a great part of it, was being able to test out and find out ways of getting efficiencies, capturing more data and value adding not just being around compliance and biosecurity, but value adding that through use of EID’s. -: I thought it’d be a lot of work and it wouldn’t work to commercial state. But, thank God, I’ve been proved wrong. Come in here and it’s worked very well. There’s been a few little glitches here and there, which we expected, but we’re working through that. With the introduction of this technology, it’s all about lifetime traceability. That’s what our clients want overseas, so they can trace it right back to the pad. And that’s what gives us this. The key feature to this particular reader is that it’s been placed in an area to allow the user to capture the reads just through the normal process that they would follow in the sale yard. We haven’t had to move the sheep or change the process at all. We’re just capturing the reads and adding really no extra time to the normal process. -: For the last 20 years, everything’s been on pen and paper, but nowadays, with the tablets, we can punch in stuff here and it sends it straight back to the database and it’s right there on the computer, ready for when all the agents go back. Instead of having to key everything in and double it, it just completely takes the double handling of data, just the way that you can run your sale just a bit more efficiently by using this technology just makes it so much easier. From pre-sale, from the drafting and all your penning, and then also to deliveries and making sure everything’s going to the right place and the right buyer out the back and getting loaded onto the right truck. Most feedback, it’s all positive stuff as well. Everyone’s just trying to give us that bit of feedback to forever make it better and better. We’ve replicated what the agents do on their cards and in their books. And we’re digitising that on the spot. It’s bringing immediate efficiencies to the stock agent. …both here in the field and also in the back office. The efficiencies that it brings means they’re able to get away from the yards earlier and also eliminating many of the historical mistakes that would be made, inherent with any paper-based system. The introduction of AID scanning has really allowed our business to improve its tools in regard to traceability. So we’re now able to trace back to our producers and let our customers know where their product is coming from. From a food safety perspective, from a biosecurity perspective, our customers want to know this information and we’re really happy that we’re now in a position to provide it. At the moment, we export about 80% of our product, and we have customers in the US, in Europe, in Southeast Asia and in China, and all of those customers are looking for more information about the product that we can provide. And if they feel that we’re providing information that we can show them is traceable and can be proven, then I think that’s a really good tool for us to have. What this is all about is making sure that we’ve got a much more robust trace-ability in the event that we’ve got an animal disease emergency. (sheep baas) It’s also, though, got wonderful benefits in terms of our access to international markets. It’s got wonderful benefits for productivity for our farmers and for everybody else along the supply chain. So, I really take this opportunity to issue an enormous and heartfelt thanks to the people who have made this possible.

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