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Reputation in tracing

THE National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s system for the identification and tracking of cattle, sheep and goats for food safety, disease control, animal welfare and market access purposes.

Traceability of our livestock underpins Victoria’s reputation for quality and provides customers with increased confidence in the safety and origin of Victorian products, protecting and enhancing market access.

Recording of property-to-property (P2P) livestock movements is a vital part of lifetime traceability.

When cattle, sheep or goats are transferred between properties with two different property identification codes, including livestock arriving on agistment or those sold via online selling platforms, it is the responsibility of the buyer/receiver of the stock to notify the NLIS database by conducting a transfer on the database.

The buyer/receiver may engage someone else to notify the database on their behalf including the person who dispatched the livestock or a stock agent.

The database transfer must be completed within two days of the stocks arrival.

Producers with more than one property within the same or neighbouring shire may consider linking their properties under a single PIC if they are managed as a single entity. This would remove the need to record cattle movements between these properties.

When livestock are bought or sold through a saleyard, cattle scale operator, public auction conducted on-farm or sold directly to an abattoir, it is the responsibility of the person operating the business to notify the database.

Dr Jeff Cave, district veterinary

officer, Agriculture Victoria





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