Sheep Identification

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s system for identifying and tracing sheep and goats for food safety, market access and product integrity.

NLIS uses visually-readable ear tags printed with a Property Identification Code (PIC) and NLIS logo. When NLIS tags are used in conjunction with the Sheep National Vendor Declaration (NVD), NLIS allows trace back to property of birth and/or last property of residence.

Sheep and goats born after 1 January 2006 must be tagged, however there are exemptions for animals consigned direct from property of birth to slaughter on an over-the-hooks basis.

From 1 January 2007 in Queensland and 1 2009 in all other states and territories, all sheep and farmed goats must be identified with an approved NLIS tag prior to movement.

WoolProducers Policies on NLIS
WoolProducers supports approved sheep RFID tags being recognised as an NLIS sheep compliant tag.

WoolProducers supports the sheep NLIS scheme and the voluntary use of RFID technology.

WoolProducers strongly opposes mandatory RFID.
WoolProducers support the present visual NLIS program and the changes in line with the Sheepcatcher recommendations to make it more robust.
WoolProducers support the use of pink transaction tags being made compulsory to improve traceability.