Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Question Time

Sheep and Goat Electronic Identification

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (15:16): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development on sheep and goat EID.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: In the Stock Journal last week, Livestock SA CEO Travis Tobin said that the federal government's contribution was nowhere near enough for the rollout of electronic IDs and that the government had a responsibility to ensure their decision, made in September last year, was effectively implemented. My question to the minister is: does she agree with these comments made by Livestock SA's CEO?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:16): I thank the honourable member for her question. I have been meeting regularly with various stakeholders in regard to electronic identification of sheep and goats. As members would be aware, the state government is supportive of improvements to livestock traceability that assist with emergency animal disease responses and that also enable maintenance to access of international markets, both of which are very important.

I have answered a number of questions in this place on this topic in terms of currently working through the opportunities to support the industry as we transition to electronic identification for sheep and goats and, as I have said on a number of occasions, once we are able to make some announcements, I look forward to doing so.