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Territory to get $780,000 to help implement NLIS for cattle.

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DAFF06/19PM - 3 March 2006

Territory to get $780,000 to help implement NLIS for cattle

The Australian Government will provide $780,000 over three years to help implement the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) for cattle in the Northern Territory.

Over the next three years, this funding will:

? subsidise the cost of NLIS device readers for producers, export yards and trucking yards and provide them with NLIS-related technical support

? establish NLIS demonstration sites to help educate cattle industry members, and

? help export and trucking yards buy and install radio frequency identification devices.

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Peter McGauran said the funding was an important step forward in building a whole-of-life identification and tracing system for cattle.

This would help protect vital export markets against risks posed by any national pest or disease emergency, such as a foot-and-mouth outbreak, by helping to generate rapid and effective responses, he said.

The funding announced today is part of a $15 million allocation to help implement and manage the cattle component of the NLIS scheme.

Proposals from other States will also receive funding over three years for a range of activities to further support and implement the NLIS.

The successful proposals have been determined by a national review committee of representatives from the Cattle Council of Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Further media inquiries:

Minister McGaurans' office: Nancy Joseph 02 6277 7520