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The benefits of electronic identification in cattle

While electronic identification is not a new concept for cattle producers, some producers are now taking advantage of National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags to make herd management easier and more efficient.
South East Local Land Services Livestock Officer, Matt Lieschke said electronic identification (EID) systems offer a whole range of benefits.

“EID’s improve record keeping, saving labour and time,” Mr Lieschke said.

“Other benefits include their ability to track breeding history and individual performance.  They increase confidence with cattle assessment and marketing to meet market specifications and they meet requirements for Quality Assurance programs such as Livestock Production Assurance.”

Mr Lieschke said one of the major obstacles for producers going down the EID path is having a clear understanding of exactly how the technology will fit in with their system and what the benefits are.

To help producers work through this South East Local Land Services, in conjunction with Alison Hamilton of AJM Livestock Solutions, is holding a free workshop on Wednesday, 20 April at Braidwood.

Local producers are invited to come along and hear from farm manager Marcus Lyons on how he uses EID to help manage the large scale breeding operation at "Glendaruel".

The workshop will feature a hands on demonstration of the system, as well as case studies of how EID is currently being used by other producers.

Alison Hamilton ran a pilot workshop in the Holbrook region last year and the feedback was very encouraging.

“Tag reading equipment, scales, auto drafters and indicators can get quite sophisticated, but often you don’t need to spend a lot of money to convert to a simple electronic system,” Ms Hamilton said.

“The hard part is working out where to start and what to do with the information.  Hopefully this will become much clearer for those that are able to join us at the ‘Glendaruel’ workshop”.

The workshop will include morning tea and lunch.  To register and for further information, please contact South East Local Land Services, Goulburn on 02 4824 1900 or email matthew.lieschke@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact:  Matthew Lieschke (02) 4824 1913