Ag Victoria to highlight benefits of EID tags during Greta field day

Jason Trompf will host the EID field day on November 16 at Northgate Park.
Jason Trompf will host the EID field day on November 16 at Northgate Park.

Agriculture Victoria will deliver a producer focused field day at Greta on November 16 to promote the business benefits from using sheep and goat individual electronic identification.

Northgate Park owners Penny and Jason Trompf will host the event, with Dr Trompf also presenting Turning potential into profit.

“I am looking forward to sharing our experiences of increasing sheep flock productivity by using EID to collect data to inform management decisions on farm to improve the performance of our sheep,” Dr Trompf said.

Meat and Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton will speak on MLA Integrity Systems with a focus on supporting the lamb value chain and building consumer trust.

More than 480 producers received grants to co-fund the purchase of optional scanning equipment from the $17 million EID transition package.

To register for the field day – which runs from 9am to 3pm – visit gretafieldday.eventbrite.com.au.

Producer grants have driven about $2.4 million worth of additional investment in the industry.

Agriculture Victoria’s Director Sheep Electronic Identification Warren Straw – who will present the rationale for the introduction of sheep and goat electronic identification in Victoria.

“The success of the funding program indicates there is a genuine interest in the potential productivity and flock management gains from individual animal electronic identification,” he said,

The field day offers a great opportunity for sheep producers to hear from Agriculture Victoria’s top livestock experts, including BestWoolBestLamb Project Leader Lyndon Kubeil, Research Scientist Lamb Production Nick Linden, Sheep and Beef Senior Specialist Tim Hollier and Red Meat Value Chain Development Officer Kate McCue.

Other speakers include;

  • Nuffield Scholar Hannah Marriott who will speak on increasing reproductive efficiency through linking lambs and dams
  • Livestock contractor Jack Briscoe will discuss equipment options for capturing the benefits of electronic identification on-farm; and
  • Pregnancy scanner Brendan Roberson speaking on using electronic identification to collect and manage pregnancy data

Victorian Farmers Federation’s Livestock Health and Biosecurity Network’s Catherine James will outline the new Livestock Production Assurance biosecurity requirements for producers.