Sheep and goat producers are being reminded to ensure stock are correctly identified and that the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is correctly filled out before leaving their property.
This follows a blitz conducted by Biosecurity SA earlier this year focusing on non-vendor bred consignments at South Australian saleyards.
Of the 254 consignments examined 60 were found to have an issue, the most common issues being missing tags, incomplete national vendor declarations (NVD) and wrong tag type. Seventeen producers were fined and 43 warnings were issued, mainly for not listing all of the other property identification codes (PICs) on the ear tags of their sheep.
Producers are also reminded that even if the stock being consigned for slaughter are for their own consumption, they still need to be accompanied with the relevant movement documents.
When consigning sheep or goats that were not born on the property producers need to:
- Check the animals thoroughly to determine what PICs are in the mob being consigned.
- Take care in listing all of the other PICs on the NVD
- Only list what is in the consignment on the NVD
- Make sure you complete all of the appropriate tick boxes
- Consider retagging with pink post-breeder tags if you have more than a handful of other PICs in your consignment
- Use the 2013 and onwards versions of the NVD
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) for Sheep and Goats is Australia's system for identifying and tracing sheep, lambs and goats.
All sheep and goat movements must be recorded on the national NLIS database. The mob based system enables animals to be traced to their property of birth and last property of residence. This information assists in containing and managing any major disease or food safety incidents.
PIRSA administers the NLIS in South Australia. For further information contact your local Animal Health Officer or visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/animal_health/sheep/nlis_sheep_goats
Quotes attributable to Will Zacharin, Executive Director, Biosecurity SA, PIRSA
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is a vital component of our ability to access markets and benefit from overseas meat export opportunities.
South Australia’s sheep, wool and lamb currently generates $1.8 billion in revenue annually and with over 50% of our lamb and 95% of our sheep and goat meat exported overseas, it is vital that we have a robust livestock tractability system, which is expected by our export partners.
Establishing clear traceability from paddock to plate, strengthens on-farm biosecurity measures and results in greater access to key domestic and international markets for South Australian livestock. Biosecurity SA will continue to focus on the compliance with the rules for NLIS Sheep and Goats and saleyards and abattoirs, so the industry can continue to demonstrate to our global trading partners that we have an effective and acceptable traceability system.