Three people plead guilty to livestock traceability charges
16 May 2018
Three men have been ordered to pay a total of $12,000 to the RSPCA for failing to correctly record cattle movements, after facing the Sale Magistrate's Court yesterday.
A 49-year-old pleaded guilty to a significant number of charges relating to livestock traceability and failing to update records. Another two men, also in court, were found guilty of similar charges and moving cattle between properties without NLIS devices.
The men will also be required to undertake NLIS training for livestock producers this year. The outcome follows an investigation of more than 18-months, conducted by Agriculture Victoria.
The Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 and the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017 set out the Victorian requirements for the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). It is important that livestock can be identified and tracked from their property of birth to slaughter or export.
For the cattle industry, NLIS accurately records movements of individual animals on a national database. When used in conjunction with Victoria's Property Identification Code (PIC) register, this data enables animals to be rapidly traced during disease, market access and food safety emergencies.
After animals are moved between properties with two different PICs, it is the responsibility of the buyer or receiver of the stock to notify the NLIS database of stock movements (within two days of cattle arriving).
Agriculture Victoria Manager Livestock Traceability, Ben Fahy said it is against the law for livestock owners and agents to move animals between two different PICs without conducting a database transfer.
"This case serves as a reminder that missing, false or misleading information relating to livestock identification and movements threatens the Victorian industry's reputation for safe food production," he said.
The cattle industry is an essential part of our rural and regional communities and their ongoing prosperity relies on having effective traceability systems to underpin confidence in our products and to maintain access to local and international markets.
"Accurate and up-to-date information about where livestock are kept is essential to protect the state's $5 billion livestock industry. If livestock owners fail to accurately track their livestock, it can jeopardise the entire industry," Mr Fahy said.
Read more on the requirements for livestock identification.
Categorised under: Agriculture,Prosecution