Australia: Sheep eID backlash continues as producers threaten to seek levy refunds

Updated Jun 6, 2023
Livestock SA has been caught in the crossfire ahead of the state government's impending announcement on mandatory eID funding and how it will be rolled out for sheep and farmed goats. Some SA producers opposed to the decision or seeking an exemption for direct to abattoir movements are accusing the advocacy group of not standing up to state and federal agriculture ministers, who last year agreed to make eID mandatory from 2025 to enhance traceability. RELATED: In the past few months, Livestock SA has received a number of letters from concerned producers and, in protest to the perceived inaction, some are now considering seeking a refund of their Sheep Industry Fund levies. These help fund Livestock SA, with $437,000 allocated to them in 2022/23 for advocacy. In its defence, Livestock SA says it has consulted widely to ensure its position of support for eID "represents the views of most of its members". It says it continues to hold discussions with the state government, peak ...
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