Have your say: Livestock brands, earmarks future

AgForce is encouraging producers to have their say on the future of livestock brands and earmarks in Queensland. PHOTO: AGFORCE

Proposed legislation is looking into the future of livestock brands and earmarks in Queensland.

AgForce is encouraging producers to have their say on this by attending a free webinar at 5pm on Thursday, 12 January.

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will explain in detail why it started the consultation, the options of potential future systems and most importantly the financial impacts.

The two proposed options for future legislation are:

1. Retaining the current legislative requirements for branding (the status quo) with the addition of a renewal fee, or

2. Providing choice about branding under a streamlined system with a renewal fee under two sub-options:

• 2A – Giving owners the option of an exemption from mandatory branding of cattle or pigs (choice to opt-out)

• 2B – Giving owners the option of voluntary branding of cattle or pigs (choice to opt-in).

Speakers include Peter Hall, AgForce Cattle Board President, and Marguerite Clarke, Interim General Manager, Strategy, Investment and Performance, Biosecurity Queensland – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The webinar is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to ask questions, which AgForce will use to form the basis of their draft submission on behalf of their members.

This session will also advise attendees on how to submit formal feedback directly to the Department, if they would like to do so.

Register your webinar spot through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3ik6Cvx