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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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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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Everyday biosecurity practices help reduce the risk

Everyday Biosecurity Practices Help Reduce The Risk

Key Points  
  • Biosecurity should be an everyday farm practice  
  • Simple, low-cost measures can prevent pests and disease from establishing on your farm 
  • If you spot anything unusual, know how to report and contain it. 

While the current Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Indonesia has focussed our attention on emerging biosecurity issues, biosecurityshould really be an everyday farm management practice.  

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Grazing Young Forage Crops; Things To Look Out For

Key points 
  • Introduce stock slowly to grazing cereal and canola/brassica crops  
  • Feed test to know the quality of your crop 
  • Avoid nutrient imbalances when grazing young crops by providing a mineral/salt lick and roughage 
  • Know the signs of nutrient-related animal health disorders. 

While some farmers have already started grazing winter forage crops, some later-sown crops will only be ready for grazing now. Cereals are ready to be grazed when they have developed secondary roots and are well anchored, usually around the 3-leaf stage.  

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