National Vendor Declarations (NVD) and Tail (Transaction) Tags
Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) National Vendor Declarations (NVD)
The National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is the key tool underpinning Australia's food safety reputation for livestock. Producers use the NVD to declare necessary and valuable information about the food safety status of the livestock being sold. Buyers rely on the NVD for accurate information on the livestock purchased and processors rely on the information to ensure only the safest food enters our food chain.
The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) NVD's, are purchased from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). The NVD is underpinned by the LPA program, a quality assurance program, and managed by SAFEMEAT, which is an industry and government partnership responsible for managing meat safety and hygiene issues. SAFEMEAT's NVD Working Group consists of representatives from all industry sectors and government.
Producers consigning cattle including bobby calves to a Victorian saleyard, scales or abattoir, or when selling cattle privately, must provide a correctly completed NVD form on which is recorded the PIC of the property from which the cattle were dispatched. Victorian legislation does not specify the version of the NVD that must be used however potential buyers may prefer that cattle be accompanied by an LPA NVD.
If cattle are being agisted on another property with a different PIC, it is recommended that the cattle be accompanied by an NVD if they are no longer in the care of the owner.
If the cattle are remaining in the care of the owner an NVD obviously would not be necessary, however the cattle would need to be transferred on the NLIS Database.
For more information on when you have to notify the NLIS Database of cattle movements please refer to the page on NLIS Requirements on Agisted and/or Leased Land.
Cattle consigned to knackeries
Cattle being dispatched to a knackery do not need to be accompanied by an NVD, however the PIC of last residence must still be provided to the knackery operator. All cattle except dead bobby calves dispatched from a Victorian property to a knackery must be NLIS ear tagged or have an NLIS approved rumen bolus. Dead bobby calves can be identified with a bobby calf ear tag, tail tag or NLIS device before being picked up to go to a knackery.
MLA has developed the e-DEC, which is a cheaper electronic alternative than traditional NVD's for producers. The e-DEC allows producers to email NVDs directly to their buyers and print out NVDs from their computer. This means that producers are able to save both money and time by using the e-DEC.
The e-DEC system can only be used by persons or organisations that hold a current State issued Property Identification Code (PIC) and are fully accredited in LPA Level 1 or 2. This means that you will need your LPA User Number. The typical persons or organisations that will use the e-DEC system are producers and feedlots.
Emergency NVDs are available to agents and saleyards to be used in circumstances where a printed NVD is not available to a vendor. Emergency NVDs can only be printed as an LPA NVD and are available for cattle, sheep and goats. To ensure that these are LPA NVD/Waybills, agents and saleyards need to obtain the LPA number of their clients and enter it before printing an emergency NVD.
MLA NVD information
To order NVDs visit the MLA website, or call the MLA LPA Helpline on 1800 683 111.
Specific NLIS database queries
NLIS Hotline: 1800 NLIS ID (1800 654 743)
NLIS queries in Victoria
For queries on the NLIS in Victoria, call our Helpline on 1800 678 779 during business hours.
Ordering NLIS devices online
You can now order NLIS devices online using a credit card.