Good records and systems are the foundation of the integrity system.
How do I keep good records for NLIS?
The NLIS provides identification and traceability of livestock. Established to enhance our ability to track livestock during disease and food safety incidents, NLIS provides the information that maximises market access for Australian red meat globally.
To ensure full traceability of all livestock, their movements must be recorded in the NLIS database. The information needed to record a movement will vary according to the origin and destination of the movement, and the type of identification tags attached to the livestock.
- Movements of livestock with electronic RFID tags are recorded using the Livestock moved onto/off my property function.
- Movements of livestock with visual tags are recorded using the Mob-based movement onto/off my property function.
- Always check movements completed by third parties such as agents, saleyards and processors checking that the total number of livestock matches the number transferred.
- Completing a PIC reconciliation annually or every few years is a good risk management tool. PIC reconciliations are similar to property stocktakes. They identify discrepancies between the actual number of electronic devices on a property, and the number of electronic devices registered to that property (PIC) on the NLIS Database.
PIC reconciliations are especially important if a status is applied.
Status can be assigned to properties (PICs), livestock or devices, so that animals can be traced along the supply chain, for residue testing and food safety purposes.
If transfers between PICs are not completed on the NLIS database, animals that have physically left a PIC (but have not transferred on the database) may be automatically assigned a status.
Some statuses may result in livestock unaccepted at saleyards, feedlots and processors. Information on PIC and device status codes is available here.