This follows a blitz conducted by Biosecurity SA earlier this year focusing on non-vendor bred consignments at South Australian saleyards.
Of the 254 consignments examined 60 were found to have an issue, the most common issues being missing tags, incomplete national vendor declarations (NVD) and wrong tag type.
Seventeen producers were fined and 43 warnings were issued, mainly for not listing all of the other property identification codes (PICs) on the ear tags of their sheep.
Producers are also reminded that even if the stock being consigned for slaughter are for their own consumption, they still need to be accompanied with the relevant movement documents.
When consigning sheep or goats that were not born on the property producers need to:
- Check the animals thoroughly to determine what PICs are in the mob being consigned.
- Take care in listing all of the other PICs on the NVD
- Only list what is in the consignment on the NVD
- Make sure you complete all of the appropriate tick boxes
- Consider retagging with pink post-breeder tags if you have more than a handful of other PICs in your consignment
- Use the 2013 and onwards versions of the NVD