SHEEP producers will be able to test their knowledge about the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and enter to win $100 worth of NLIS eartags at the Department of Agriculture and Food display at the Wagin Woolorama.
Department brands registrar Farran Dixon said the quiz was designed to help entrants identify any gaps in their NLIS knowledge and give them the information they need for correct sheep identification and movement.
Dr Dixon said correct identification and national vendor declaration (NVD) waybills were vital to maintain international markets.
“Our trading partners demand that we have systems in place for tracing all sheep movements over the course of their lifetime so that disease or chemical residue incidents can be quickly contained,” Dr Dixon said.
Brands staff will be at the department’s display to help producers with their questions about sheep identification and movement documentation.
“Staff can help stock owners to check if their brand is correctly registered and that they are identifying their stock correctly,” Dr Dixon said.
“They can also answer queries about the NLIS brand or property identification codes and how to fill out national vendor declarations.”
The first correct entry in the NLIS competition will be drawn at 3pm on the Friday and Saturday of Woolorama will win $100 worth of NLIS sheep ear tags from an NLIS-accredited tag producer of the winner’s choice.
For more information about NLIS sheep and goats, visit www.agric.wa.gov.au and search for ‘NLIS sheep and goats’.
Woolorama will be held on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 March. The Department of Agriculture and Food shed will also feature Buy West Eat Best tastings, and information ranging from topics from men’s health to sheep genetics to climate change, landcare and AgWest plant laboratories.