February 2012

​Newsletter: Number 1/12

EUCAS Rules

Please make yourself conversant with the rules governing your operation whether it is a farm a feedlot or a saleyard, the rules are underpinned by Commonwealth legislation and failure to adhere to them can result in revocation of accreditation. A copy of the rules can be found on the DAFF website or please call the EUCAS helpdesk; we will be happy to send you a copy by mail.

Agistment

Many producers in our north are struggling with the day-to-day management of their properties after the recent disasters. Please remember that managers may move cattle from accredited properties to non EU properties for emergency agistment but only with DAFF approval. Please refer to the DAFF website for more information or call the EUCAS helpline.

Transferring EU cattle in the NLIS Database

Movements of cattle on and off a property including deceased animals must be recorded in the NLIS database. Management of a NLIS account is ultimately the responsibility of the manager of the property and it is in the best interests of the manager to check that all transactions have been processed correctly. If you are relying on agents to process your database transactions please check after the event that the transaction has been correctly recorded.

We are still receiving a significant number of warning messages caused by the quoting of incorrect EUVD numbers on transfers of EU cattle in the NLIS database. Each EUVD has a unique number starting with the letter ‘D’ followed by six digits. This number, including the letter “D” must be quoted when transferring EU cattle in the database. If an incorrect number is quoted the animal automatically loses its EU status. The database does not recognise the number as a EUVD number and it is a time consuming process for both the producer and the EUCAS helpdesk to re-instate the EU status.

Lime Green Tail Tags (LGTT’s)

A number of producers have contacted the Helpdesk to ask if LGTT’s are still required. While action is being taken to remove the requirement we do not to expect the amendment to the legislation to take place until later on in 2012. At this stage LGTT’s are still required so if you need them, consider purchasing enough for your immediate requirements only.

EUCAS Helpdesk

The EUCAS helpdesk is available from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday Eastern Daylight Savings time. Contact details are at the end of this newsletter. We have two ladies, Connie and Tiffany who are anxious to assist you however at times the telephone lines can become congested. If you are unable to get through to the helpdesk please leave a message or email the helpdesk. We will return your call or reply to your email as soon as we are able.

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