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NLIS South American camelids

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is working with relevant industry stakeholders to develop a national identification and traceability system for all South American camelids (SACs) in Australia.

All camelids of South American origin include alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicuñas. Australia has a SACs population of around 200-300,000 individual animals.

Towards SACs identification

The Australian alpaca and llama industries have identified that the introduction of a national identification and traceability system is integral to the future development of these industries while they are still relatively small and growing.

In 2008, the NLIS (South American Camelids – SACs) National Consultative Committee (NCC) was formed by AHA, its relevant members (federal and state governments, Meat & Livestock Australia) and representatives from:

  • Australian Alpaca Association
  • Australasian Alpaca Breeders Association
  • Llama Association of Australasia.

The NLIS (SACs) National Consultative Committee is overseeing the development of a national identification and traceability system for South American camelids. Fundamental to their success is a system that is cost effective to industry and developed in consultation with industry.

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Page reviewed: November 1, 2018