National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) compliance will be the focus of a State-wide Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) campaign next month.
Operation Waybill will see DPIRD Agriculture and Food inspectors collaborate with WA Police to ensure livestock producers and transporters are complying with cattle, sheep and goat identification and traceability requirements.
DPIRD Senior compliance inspector Mike Donaghy said inspectors will visit saleyards, abattoirs and other locations across the State during September to check if stock have been correctly identified and that movement documentation has been completed appropriately.
“All paperwork that must accompany the stock in transit will be scrutinised by the inspectors to ensure producers are providing the necessary information,” Mr Donaghy said.
“Department staff will also be conducting electronic audits to ensure livestock sold are transferred on the NLIS database correctly and on time.”
The NLIS database records the movement of cattle, sheep and goats across Australia, to assist a rapid response to livestock biosecurity threats.
Producers and industry stakeholders, such as agents, abattoir operators and saleyard managers, are required to ensure livestock movements are recorded on the electronic database in accordance with the State’s biosecurity legislation.
All sheep and goats must have the correct NLIS identification linking them to a property, such as an approved NLIS eartag with the current owner’s brand.
Mr Donaghy said cattle require an NLIS electronic device in their right ear recorded against the owner’s property identification code (PIC).
“A NVD waybill needs to be completed to record the movement of livestock between properties with different PICs,” he said.
DPIRD livestock biosecurity director Peter Gray said the purpose of Operation Waybill was to increase understanding and awareness of the NLIS.
“To maintain and protect our market access, everyone who trades livestock must ensure their animals are identified correctly and can be traced via the NLIS,” Dr Gray said.
“The ability to trace livestock is essential should there be an emergency animal disease outbreak or food safety incident.
“The information livestock owners record on their National Vendor Declaration is vital to ensure that in the event of a disease outbreak animals can be traced back to their origin and measures implemented to potentially control further spread.”
More information about the NLIS and compliance requirements is available on the department’s website at agric.wa.gov.au by searching for ‘nlis’.
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