Sheep and goat eID grants open for saleyards and processors
Applications are now open for saleyards and processors to apply for part of the $38 million Sheep and Goat eID Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.
Minister for Agriculture Tara Moriarty said the eID support for the State’s sheep and goat industries will boost biosecurity in NSW.
“Saleyards and processors can now apply for a rebate to help them transition to eID,” Ms Moriarty said.
“Saleyards will receive a 100 per cent rebate for eligible items such as eID readers, auto drafters, structural modifications, connectivity infrastructure, eID hardware, eID software purchase, installation and training as well as project planning and design consultants.
“Processors receive a 50 per cent rebate of the cost of eligible items such as eID readers, hardware, connectivity infrastructure and related training and software.
“The maximum rebate for both saleyards and processors is dependent on their size.”
Ms Moriarty said the NSW Sheep and Goat Traceability Reference Group has been a voice for industry throughout the planning for the transition to sheep and goat eID.
“We have maintained open dialogue with industry through the Reference Group and also sought feedback across the sheep and goat supply chain through direct engagement with stakeholders,” Ms Moriarty said.
The application window for the NSW Sheep and Goat eID Infrastructure Rebate Scheme for saleyards and processors is from 1 August until 31 January 2024, and 3 October until 31 March 2024 for producers and stock and station agents.
Early applications are encouraged, as funding is limited, and applications will be considered in order of date received.
Full details for saleyards and processors can be viewed in the relevant Scheme guidelines on the Rural Assistance Authority website.
Mr Paul Martin, Vice-President of Australian Livestock Markets' Association (ALMA) said:
“ALMA is encouraged by the recent announcement of funding allocated to its NSW members to assist in the upfront capital costs to participate in this mandatory scheme,” Mr Martin said.
“We are waiting on feedback from those eligible on how the rebates will assist and if the amounts allocated are a fair and accurate reflection of requirements for their respective businesses.
Mr Patrick Hutchinson, CEO, Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) said:
"The rebate will assist processors in being ready to scan eIDs.
“The whole industry, along with the state and federal governments, must continue to work together to ensure the transition to sheep and farmed goat eID is smooth and harmonized across the jurisdictions.”