Mob-based Movement Recording to Reinforce NLIS (Sheep and Goats)

The important role that the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) for sheep and goats plays in providing for the identification and tracing of livestock for biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access purposes is being reinforced through the progressive introduction of mob-based movement recording.

From 1 July 2010, all states will be progressively introducing the requirement to record the movement of mobs of sheep or goats between properties on the NLIS database.

Under NLIS (Sheep and Goats) producers are already required to know where the sheep or goats under their management have come from and where they are going when they leave their property.

This involves:

  • Approved NLIS ear tags for sheep and goats to show where they have come from; and
  • accurate transportation documentation, generally an LPA NVD/Waybill, to show where they are going.

This is now being expanded to include the recording of mob-based movements on the NLIS database.

Kate Joseph reinforced the importance of NLIS saying that it really is a matter of no tag, no sale. Ms Joseph, the President of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, went on to say that: “NLIS is Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of sheep and goats for biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.

“Producers are required by law to know where the sheep and goats under their management come from and where they are going and mob-based movement recording, together with NLIS tagging and transportation documentation, allow producers to satisfy this requirement.”

Mob-based movement recording requires the movement of all sheep and goats from one property to another with a different PIC to be recorded on the NLIS database.

Margaret Piccoli, the Goat Industry Council of Australia’s representative to the National NLIS (Sheep and Goats) Committee, suggested that complying with NLIS allows producers to maximise their return on livestock and remain competitive. “Goat and sheep prices are currently very strong and, for producers to take advantage of these favourable market conditions, they must be sure that they comply with NLIS tagging requirements and mob-based movement recording.”

Ms Piccoli encouraged producers to familiarise themselves with the new requirements to ensure that they are able to continue to benefit from the strong market by fully understanding and adhering to their obligations under NLIS.

“These changes are not difficult or onerous. They are about implementing and maintaining systems that will continue to position Australia as the world’s preferred supplier of lamb, goat and sheepmeat” Ms Piccoli said.

For further information, including a range of fact sheets on NLIS and the new mob-based movement recording requirements state-by-state, visit

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