November 2011

​Newsletter: Number 3/11

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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.

The Helpdesk operating hours over the Christmas period will be as follows:

  • Friday December 23 2011 - 8am to 3pm
  • Monday 26 December 2011 to Monday 2 January 2012 closed
  • Tuesday 3 January 2012 normal operating hours will recommence.

EUCAS Rules

Don’t forget that managers are responsible for verifying that cattle moved on and off the property have been recorded in the NLIS database. It is in the best interests of the manager to ensure all transactions have been processed correctly. While third parties may process transfers on the database all transactions are ultimately the responsibility of the manager of the property.

Managers must reconcile devices on the property with the NLIS database on an annual basis. The reconciliation can be done at a time suitable to each individual. The reconciliation does not need to be notified to EUCAS however a record of the reconciliation must be kept for audit purposes.

Transferring EU cattle in the NLIS Database

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. The number must be quoted accurately; 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.

Applications for Accreditation

If you know of any producers who are considering applying for accreditation under the scheme please advise them to apply now if they intend to take advantage of the January sales. Applications take 4 to 6 weeks to process and the required EUVD books and tail tags can only be purchased after accreditation.

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