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ALMOST OUT: The government funds allocated to help producers make the change to sheep EID is almost finished. PHOTO:

FUNDING grants for Victorian farmers moving across to electronic identification tags for sheep is running out.

So far, almost $700,000 has been given out state-wide for sheep producers – helping offset the costs of moving to complete EID systems.

The steady stream of applications means that the funding, which covers costs up to 50 per cent of eligible equipment expenses, is expected to be fully allocated in the next four to six weeks.

Director of sheep electronic identification at Agriculture Victoria, Warren Straw, said the quick uptake of the funding was a pleasing result – but that farmers now needed to act quickly before the money ran out.

“The grants are a key part of our transition package and it’s been great to see how well producers have responded to this opportunity,” he said.

The early industry consensus was that the electronic tagging reforms for sheep and goats should primarily be industry led – so far, the grants have proven to be a strong momentum builder to help producers identify and adopt the technological benefits of electronic tagging into their farm operations.

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