As the spring selling season unfolds, Integrity Systems Company (ISC) is reminding red meat producers that they must meet their integrity requirements under the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) to ensure their animals are able to be sold.
Dr Jane Weatherley, ISC CEO, said one of the first things producers should check before putting livestock on the market is that their LPA accreditation is up to date.
“To access LPA National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) required to transport livestock, producers must be LPA-accredited,” Dr Weatherley said.
“Many buyers throughout Australia including saleyards and abattoirs also require producers to be LPA-accredited to sell livestock to them. Producers can check their LPA accreditation is up to date by logging in to their LPA account via myMLA.”
Dr Weatherley said producers should also ensure they know how to correctly complete their LPA NVD ahead of transporting livestock for sale.
“Knowing how to complete LPA NVDs so they are clear, complete and correct is essential, as is making sure you have any consignment forms you may need ready to go for when your livestock’s transport arrives.”
“LPA-accredited producers can use the fast and free eNVD system to consign livestock or they can purchase hard copy NVD books through Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)’s new catalogue of products and services in myMLA.”
“Using the eNVD system to complete livestock consignments ensures you are always using the latest version of the NVD and means you can access NVDs online at any time.”
As well, Dr Weatherley said producers should always check livestock to be sold and are prepared for transport well in advance of loading.
When selling and moving livestock, producers must also ensure that livestock can be traced using the NLIS database.
More information on meeting integrity requirements this spring, including a range of helpful resources, is available on the ISC website.
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