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Technical annual report 2000-01



Technical annual report 2000-01


Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295




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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295



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Technical Annual Report 2000/01 85 National livestock identification scheme (NLIS) A system of permanent identification of cattle using radio frequency identification devices (RFID) contained in a rumen bolus or an ear tag has been adopted by the NLIS. Devices are approved for use in the Northern Territory pursuant to Regulation 20 of the Stock Diseases Regulations. The conditions of use are also specified. The European Union (EU) has accepted the NLIS system of permanent identification as the basis of a traceback system to allow access to its beef market. Meat and Livestock Australia has developed a national database which will keep records of all permanently identified stock. All NT cattle herds have been issued with a property identification code (PIC). The updated pastoral database is now fully operational. The database stores all cattle property details including livestock numbers, property owner and manager details. Regional staff have access to the pastoral database with the distribution of an updated compact disc. Some states are supporting mandatory implementation of the NLIS RFID identification for cattle and sheep. The proposal is supported by SAFEMEAT. The adoption of NLIS is being promoted as necessary for emergency disease management. The NT system of waybills, PICs and brands provides more useful data than the NLIS database for tracing purposes in a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. The NT continues to support the voluntary implementation of the NLIS RFID identification by the cattle industry. The sheep industry has proposed a system using property of birth eartags, vendor declarations and waybills to enhance traceability of sheep. The lack of any tracing system for sheep would be a very real threat to successful management of an FMD outbreak at the present time. Brands The updated Brands Regulations reached the final draft stage. No changes to the Brands Act will be made until the new Stock Bill is produced. Stock inspectors carried out a brands audit across the NT in order to maintain the accuracy of the Brands Register and to ensure compliance with the legislation. The Brands Directory is regularly updated and available for public purchase. PROJECT: Meat Industries Project Officers: S. Sell and R. McFarlane Location: NT wide Objective: To ensure compliance with national standards for all sectors of the NT meat industry. DPIF is the government authority responsible for regulating the meat industry in the Northern Territory, from slaughter through to processing and storage for wholesale. DPIF licenses and regulates: abattoirs that slaughter all types of animals, including poultry and crocodiles; wholesale meat processing, including the manufacture of smallgoods; game meat slaughter; game meat processing; pet meat slaughter. pet meat processing; cold stores (domestic meat storage).