Riverine Plains Blog

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Animal Nutrition

Maximising electronic ID technology in livestock systems

Key messages

  • electronic identification (EID) technology underpins NLIS traceability, biosecurity and market access
  • mandatory EID tagging of sheep and farmed goats begins on 1 January 2025
  • using EID technology for performance monitoring and record keeping can enhance livestock management and decision making

EID technology has many applications beyond its role in traceability and represents a real opportunity for farmers looking to improve their livestock management.

Although many farmers are already familiar with EID technology, there are many who may be feeling overwhelmed by the cost and upskilling required. So, what are the additional benefits of using EID technology and where can you get help if you need extra support?

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Making the most of dual purpose crops

Key messages

  • Dual purpose winter crops can help fill the autumn–winter feed gap
  • While there is currently a full moisture profile, a dry topsoil and potentially dry autumn may impact establishment
  • Be mindful of soil temperature and available soil moisture when sowing early (February–March)
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Farm impacted by the wet weather? Take some time with the big decisions

  • Crops, pastures, livestock and infrastructure have been affected by wet conditions to varying degrees across the Riverine Plains
  • The outlook may have now changed for farmers, leading to an increase in the number/difficulty of decisions being made,
  • For complex decisions, take the time to make an informed and considered choice.

The wet conditions over the past few months, combined with some huge rainfall totals and strong winds over the past week, will be causing stress across our membership.

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