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North Coast Local Land Services discontinues retail sales of National Livestock Identification System Devices

Cow with ear tagNorth Coast Local Land Services has announced that it is discontinuing the retail sale of National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) devices on the North Coast.

The National Livestock Identification System (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 during disease and food incidents, but was expanded to also 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.

Grant Lewis, Manager Business and Finance for North Coast Local Land Services said of the decision, “We have supported the NLIS for some time now, primarily as a way of raising awareness of this important system.

“There are now a wide range of easy methods for livestock producers to obtain tags from produce stores and rural co-operatives.

“There has also been a large increase in the availability from online retailers,” Grant said

North Coast Local Land Services will continue support of the NLIS through the management of Property Identification Codes (PICs). Grant continued, “The service that we provide in managing the PIC system is fundamental to the operation and integrity of the NLIS.

“PICs provide traceability to specific properties because the movement of stock between different PICs is recorded on the NLIS database.”

Livestock producers who need more information about NLIS devices are encouraged to contact their local produce store or rural co-operative or contact the NLIS hotline on 1800 654 743 or visit the NLIS website www.nlis.com.au.

If you would like more information about Property Identification Codes contact North Coast Local Land Services, call into your local office, call on 1300 795 299 or visit the website www.northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact:

Grant Lewis, Manager Business and Finance Phone 0428 291829

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NLIS tags are available from a range of retail suppliers.