Mak­ing live­stock move­ment eas­ier af­ter fire

Mansfield Courier - - Rural -

AGRI­CUL­TURE Vic­to­ria has put in place an ex­emp­tion to help lo­cal pro­duc­ers im­pacted by fires move their live­stock for sale or slaugh­ter.

Act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of biose­cu­rity Sharyn Williams said un­der nor­mal trad­ing con­di­tions live­stock own­ers are re­quired to cor­rectly iden­tify cat­tle, sheep or goats with NLIS tags prior to them leav­ing their prop­erty.

“How­ever, we un­der­stand that dur­ing emer­gen­cies like the re­cent fires an­i­mals might need to be moved ur­gently – for their own safety, or for sale, treat­ment or ag­ist­ment,” she said.

“We have put in place an ex­emp­tion for some live­stock move­ment re­quire­ments for Prop­erty Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Code (PIC) hold­ers, within the Vic­to­rian fire af­fected ar­eas.”

Ms Williams said cat­tle, sheep or goats can be dis­patched from a prop­erty with­out an NLIS tag, but the move­ment must hap­pen with a com­pleted ven­dor dec­la­ra­tion and Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria must be no­ti­fied of the move­ment within seven days.

She said if this hap­pens pro­duc­ers should con­tact the NLIS team via:

Email – nlis.vic­to­[email protected] agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au, text mes­sage – 0437 106 473 or call the Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria NLIS Helpline on 1800 678 799.

Ms Williams said if un­tagged live­stock are con­signed from prop­er­ties within a fire af­fected area to an abat­toir, own­ers must con­tact the Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria NLIS Helpline to ob­tain a per­mit.

A com­pleted ven­dor dec­la­ra­tion is also needed.

Ms Williams re­minded pro­duc­ers that cat­tle, sheep or goats moved un­der emer­gency con­di­tions must be cor­rectly tagged (with a post-breeder tag) at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity af­ter they have been moved.

Emer­gency NLIS tags can be pur­chased by call­ing the Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria NLIS Helpline.

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