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National Livestock Identification System

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) records animal movements between property identification codes (PIC), by using visually readable ear tags printed with your PIC and the NLIS logo, in conjunction with the national vendor declaration (NVD)/waybill system.

The ear tag stays with the animal for life and cannot be removed. Post-breeder tags for subsequent properties may be applied; animals may have multiple tags if they have lived on a number of properties. Given that the sheep system is paper-based it is imperative that NVDs are correctly completed with each transaction.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) may be used on a voluntary basis provided they also show the PIC of the place where the tag was applied.

AgForce sheep and wool, supports the current paper-based system and continues to lobby at the state and national levels to support this national system.

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