Newsletter No 2/11
Transferring EU cattle in the NLIS Database
It is very important that the EU Vendor Declaration (EUVD) number is quoted correctly when transferring EU cattle in the NLIS database. Each EUVD has a unique number beginning with the letter ‘D’ followed by six digits. When transferring EU cattle in the database please make sure you quote this number accurately. The animal will automatically lose its EU status if the correct details are not quoted: the database will not recognise it as an EUVD number. Correcting the error and reinstating the status of the animal/s is a time consuming process for both the producer and the EUCAS helpdesk.
New EUCAS Rules
As mentioned in newsletter 1/11, there have been some significant changes to the EUCAS rules. Apart from changes to feedlots and saleyards are those for farms. Don’t forget that managers are now responsible for verifying that cattle moved on and off the property have been recorded in the NLIS database. While managers may authorise agents to process transfers on the database on their behalf confirming transactions are the responsibility of the manager of the property. Managers must reconcile devices on the property with the NLIS database on an annual basis, a record of the reconciliation must be kept for audit purpose.
Non EU Breeding females
Prior approval to purchase breeding females must be obtained from EUCAS. Recently there has been a tendency to purchase breeding females that are not vendor bred; that is animals which have not originated from the PIC on which they were born. The animals can have only had one movement – from the PIC of birth to the EU accredited PIC. The only exception to this rule is that they may come through a saleyard. Great care must be exercised to confirm the history of breeding females to ensure they are permitted to be brought on to an EU accredited PIC. Without exception breeding females brought onto a PIC which are not eligible to be there will need to be removed. If you are not sure of your circumstances when purchasing breeding females please do not hesitate to call the EUCAS helpline or enquire by email; details are provided below.
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