Decision on paperless NVDs step closer

Beef Central, 28/04/2016

The national roll-out of an electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system is closer following the recent completion of trials.

Meat & Livestock Australia is reviewing the outcomes of field tests which were designed to evaluate the eNVD system in commercial environments across a range of market segments, supply chains and operational scenarios.

The trials looked at the accuracy and effectiveness of the eNVD system and aimed to identify any refinements, fixes or enhancements required prior to its broader roll-out.

AgLive eNVD app

The AgLive eNVD app.

It is also considering a final report from AgLive, the creator of an App involved in the trials which is designed to allow producers to complete an NVD electronically on any smart phone, tablet or computer.

“We are in the process of reviewing field trial outcomes and will be providing SAFEMEAT with an update on the status of the field trials, including recommended next steps to support a broader roll-out of the eNVD system,” an MLA spokesperson told Beef Central.

Currently, the eNVD system is not available for commercial use beyond the eNVD field trials.

Based on the field trial outcomes, SAFEMEAT will make the final decisions regarding the roll-out of the eNVD system.

A national electronic NVD system is seen as offering several benefits to industry, including:

  • To reduce the cost of reprocessing inaccurate or incomplete paper NVDs at saleyards, feedlots and processors.
  • To enable producers to have access to the latest versions of vendor declarations to meet market requirements.
  • To improve industry integrity and traceability of vendor declarations and animal movements.
  • To reduce the time taken to complete an NVD, without having to complete the form in triplicate.
  • To remove the logistical issue of storing and retrieving old paper NVDs.

AgLive has been field trialing its eNVD app since December 2015. The trials have been based in Victoria and have involved 20 farming enterprises, 2 saleyards, 1 feedlotter and 2 abattoirs.

The company says that demonstrations of the app to several large corporate farming enterprises, agents and saleyards have already resulted in indicative orders, pending completion of the MLA trials and subsequent approval from SafeMeat Australia for eNVD’s to commence.

MLA said it has received a report from Aglive’s Electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) app trial and is considering what recommendations to make.

“AgLive is one of several software companies that have recently partnered with MLA through the MLA Donor Company (MDC) as part of the electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) field trial,” an MLA spokesperson said.

“The MDC has supported the commercial development of eNVD software in order to facilitate the field trialling of eNVD software through the red meat supply chain from producer to feedlot, saleyard and abattoir.

“The objective of the eNVD field trial is to assess the operation of the eNVD within the field, evaluate the system against the SAFEMEAT endorsed eNVD business rules and determine a roll-out strategy for the eNVD based on the lessons learned from the field trial.”


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  1. Dawn Connolly, 02/05/2016

    Not much good to the technically illiterate! Beaurocracy doesn’t care if the cattle had to stand in the yard for a fortnight. We had no internet for 12 days, neither telstra or apple seemed to be able to fix it.

  2. John Ryan, 01/05/2016

    Typing mistakes caused by ‘human error’ is one of the key problems the eNVD system will solve. With eNVD there is no need to ‘re enter’ paper based data beyond the farm gate. Electronic NVD uses digital mobile interface at farm gate allowing farmers to share their digital QA and production data with their ‘digital savvy’ end consumers.

  3. william mccorquodale, 01/05/2016

    I recently sold 30 steers on auction plus ,when the NLIS tags were read at a feedlot 18 were incorrect.
    I complained to NLIS and they replied hours later that there had been a typing error, 18/30 mistake rate, how can one have faith in electronic transfers only?

  4. Phillip partridge, 29/04/2016

    Prefer to have a paper-based dec book any day – I can fill in my dec 3 times quicker then an eDec

  5. Brett Page, 28/04/2016

    I’ve been using eDecs for about 6 years now. let’s just say that my 10 year old could have designed a more user-friendly system. A nvd, MSA & nfas dec for a single consignment can take up to 20 minutes. Some days are 3 seperate consignments. If the paper system cost the same as electronic I’d still be using it ! Another white elephant.

  6. neil mulcahy, 28/04/2016

    These new apps have store and send capability, John which will greatly assist with lack of connectivity problems.

  7. john mcconnel, 28/04/2016

    I do not a have email out side the house, which is a long way (many km’s) from our yards.

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