Realising benefits of eIDs

Are you wanting to trace productivity in your breeding ewes or make better informed decisions when selecting rams? Wanting to manage sheep on feed but unsure how to group them into management lots? Are you interested in using your time in the yards more efficiently while reducing labour requirement? Or do you have other ideas on how to use sheep electronic ear tags, but haven’t tried them yet? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

BCG and SFS have partnered with MLA over the next 4 years to provide opportunity for 35 members to identify and test novel ways of using sheep eIDs.

Although eIDs are mandatory in Victoria for biosecurity and lifetime sheep traceability, there are many opportunities to use eID to benefit your operations and assist you to make better informed management decisions on farm too. Benefits vary between producers and regions, so this new producer demonstration project will allow you to test eID applications for the benefits you want to achieve. You are not limited to any particular pieces of equipment or recording programs, and support will be provided to get started and connect with eID specialists.

You can become involved in the project in several ways; by testing an idea, to being a close observer of projects other producers are undertaking, or just by following developments through the discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SheepeIDsCoP/

Interested producers can also watch a short introductory video on the project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-me7GIiR8c&feature=youtu.be

BCG and SFS will support you to get started or add something new to your monitoring and management, and will share ideas and organise farm visits when we can resume.

For further information and to indicate your interest, please contact:

Alison Frischke, Birchip Cropping Group, alison@bcg.org.au, 0429 922 787
Tahlia Bruce, Southern Farming Systems, tbruce@sfs.org.au, 0418 462 967

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