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Producers 'don’t want mandatory RFID’

A group of sheep and wool industry leaders and producers have united to voice their opposition to the push for mandatory electronic identification by what it says is a minority of industry stakeholders. They are calling on other producers to lobby state farming organisations and agricultural departments for the current mob-based movement system to remain and for use of radio frequency identification tags to be voluntary. They want producers to communicate the benefits and value of the current system as the most efficient, timely and cost-effective way to maintain full traceability in legislated timeframes. Key concerns with RFID included who would foot the $816 million bill to roll it out, plus the extra labour required in scanning; potential animal welfare issues because of increased movements, particularly between properties in drought times; and the unanswered questions around non-saleyard movements, such as private sales and competitive events.

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