Newsletter No 1/11
Findings from the recent audit by the European Union
The EU Food and Veterinary Office came to Australia last year to audit our export meat system. This included an audit of EUCAS which involved visits to farms, feedlots, saleyards and abattoirs. Some of the things the auditors looked at were the number of EU animals currently on a property, recording of deaths on the NLIS database and lost tags.
The audit highlighted the importance of maintaining good records. Keeping your records up to date is vital to the EUCAS system. This includes maintaining accurate records on the NLIS database as well as on the farm, feedlot or saleyard. The full EU report is available on the internet.
Launch of new EUCAS website
The EUCAS website is being updated to make it easier to use. It will be split into sections containing specific information for farms, feedlots and saleyards as well as a list of EU registered abattoirs, feedlots saleyards and producers. We expect the new look website to be up and running by mid to late April 2011. The website address will stay the same.
New EUCAS Rules
The current version of the EUCAS Rules (6th Edition) has been reviewed and updated. They have been replaced by three separate documents relating specifically to farms, feedlots and saleyards, and have been simplified and made easier to read. Some minor changes to the rules have also been made.
These changes are: Farm, feedlot and saleyard managers must verify that cattle moved off the property have been recorded in the NLIS database; devices held on farms and feedlots must be reconciled with the NLIS database on an annual basis; saleyards must notify the NLIS database of all cattle movements onto or off the saleyard on the day of arrival / departure. Cattle that arrive dead or die whilst under the control of the saleyard must be notified to the NLIS database within 24 hours.
Farms and feedlots are expected to have implemented these changes by 1 September 2011. Saleyards are expected to have implemented the changes by 1 May 2011 with 1 September the deadline for changes to saleyard management plans. The new rules will be available on the EUCAS website from 1 April 2011.
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 starting with the letter ‘D’ followed by six digits. When transferring EU cattle in the database please make sure you quote this number accurately. If you don’t do this the animal will automatically lose its EU status, the database will not recognise it as a EUVD number and it is a time consuming process to get the EU status re-instated.
If an agent or a third party does the transfer for you please remind them of the importance of quoting the correct EUVD details. Farm managers must check the database afterwards to ensure your agent has recorded the details correctly.