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Western Local Land Services to discontinue sales of NLIS tags from 30 September

Western Local Land Services has announced that from Friday 30 September this year, local offices will no longer sell National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) devices such as identification tags, other than in emergency cases.

The NLIS is Australia’s system for the identification and traceability of cattle, sheep and goats.

It was introduced in 1999 to enhance Australia's ability to trace cattle in the event of disease or food safety incidents, and was expanded to include sheep and goats in 2009.

“NLIS reflects Australia’s commitment to biosecurity and food safety and provides a competitive advantage in a global market,” said Erlina Compton, Acting General Manager.

“In the past Local Land Services has routinely supplied NLIS devices to livestock producers, however, there are now a wide range of alternative suppliers including produce stores, rural co-operatives, and online retailers.”

Local Land Services will continue support of the NLIS through the management of Property Identification Codes (PICs) and through the emergency supply of devices to stockowners in extreme circumstances.

However, tags will no longer be routinely sold to livestock producers through it's offices.

Livestock producers seeking more information about where to purchase NLIS devices are encouraged to contact their local produce store or rural co-operative, or contact the NLIS hotline on 1800 654 743.

Detailed information is also available on the NLIS website

Media contact:    Meg Strang 0429 340 600