The close proximity of potentially devastating livestock diseases to Australian shores has industry representatives on edge.
It has also spurred conversations about the potential benefits of electronic identification tags in sheep.
As it stands, Victoria is the only state to make eID tags mandatory in sheep, with all other states leaving the decision up to the individual producers.
While many have been reluctant to make use of the technology, some representatives have argued that with the price being paid for sheep, the investment of $2 a tag is a small price to pay for all the benefits.
But sheep industry bodies, such as SPA and WPA, have pooled back from suggesting mandatory eID tags are required, saying different steps should be taken.
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