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Getting more from the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS)

Can NLIS be used to measure herd performance and make my business more efficient? This was question posed by the Charters Towers Value in Beef group as they implemented business action plans in a Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and Beef CRC project. NLIS technology first appeared in Australia in 1999 to support access to the European Union (EU). Over time State and Territories adopted NLIS as the cornerstone of their trace back systems for biosecurity and market access purposes. 

 In 2005 it became compulsory in Queensland for all animals leaving their property of origin to be identified with a NLIS approved device. At an average cost of $3.50 per tag producers have made a considerable investment in the system. The hypothesis was that this investment could also be used to record other data about animal performance other than its property of origin. This Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) aimed to demonstrate the management benefits of NLIS in an integrated beef business. It also proposed to increase the capacity of individual group members to use NLIS associated equipment including hardware and software.


Title Size Date published
1.1MB 22/09/2011


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
PDS Charters Towers
31/01/2008 31/08/2011

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