JBS Australia has advised livestock suppliers this week that from January 1 next year, it will accept only the 2013 edition of the National Vendor Declaration form for slaughter or feedlot cattle.
The move is in line with changing international market circumstances, and is likely to be followed by similar declarations from other major export processors in coming weeks, Beef Central understands.
Queensland processor Nolan Meats became the first exporter to insist on 2013 edition NVD’s only when it advised its supplier network of the move back in March. That company’s application was enacted from June 1 this year.
“In an ever changing export world, JBS Australia must ensure that the livestock we procure are compliant with specific market access requirements,” JBS suppliers were told in an email advice this week.
“At JBS Australia, we focus on ensuring our livestock procurement and processing systems deliver the required level of quality assurance and market access for our product,” the company said.
All cattle consigned to JBS feedlots and processing plants from January 1 must be accompanied by an accurate and fully completed 2013 Edition National Vendor Declaration. Older versions of the document will not be accepted.
The company lists the benefits of using only the 2013 edition of the LPA NVD as being:
- Avoiding confusion among livestock suppliers when completing NVDs.
- Simplifying administration and preparation of compliant kill schedules.
- Minimising confusion when trying to explain the differences in forms to auditors in overseas customer countries, especially when an interpreter is used.
- Removing the need for producers to make country eligibility statements (i.e. ‘Saudi Eligible’ and ‘Russia Eligible’) on the LPA NVD, and therefore relying on the answers to the questions to determine the destination of the product.
Periodic updates to the LPA NVD occur from time to time, as market access requirements in areas like HGP status or chemical residue change. For example country-specific eligibility statements (like ‘Saudi eligible’ and ‘Russia eligible’) were introduced in response to specific market access issues and were designed as an interim, emergency measure only, to provide continued and seamless market access to those countries.
The 2013 edition of the LPA NVD includes changes that enable buyers to determine the market eligibility of livestock consigned, without relying on the producer making country-specific eligibility statements in the additional information section on the LPA NVD:
- The 2013 edition of the LPA NVD now recognises Export Slaughter Intervals (ESIs) set by APVMA or SAFEMEAT; including the 90-day Provisional Russian ESI relating to use of oxtetracycline and chloftetracycline. The revised question replaces the need for producers to state if livestock are ‘Russia eligible.’
- The 2013 edition of the LPA NVD continues to include the question introduced in 2009 relating to information about livestock not having consumed animal fats; a Saudi market requirement. The question replaces the need for producers to state if livestock are ‘Saudi eligible’
How to recognise the 2013 edition of the LPA NVD:
The 2013 edition of the LPA NVD is recognisable by the pre-printed edition number (i.e. Cattle: C04L3, Sheep and Lambs: 50413, EU Cattle: E0413 and Goats: G0413) located at the top left of the document next to the title. This edition has been made available to producers since December 2013.
Ordering the 2013 edition of the LPA NVD:
Producers can order a 2013 edition of the LPA NVD booklet online at http://lpa.ausmeat.com.au/ or call the LPA helpline on 1800 683 111.
Producers are being encouraged to use electronic NVDs or purchase a 2013 book. Producers consigning livestock to saleyards, will be encouraged to check with their preferred agent, as to the commercial requirements so they can get maximum competition for their livestock.
why don’t processors provide docket books that suit their requirements?Instead we have a situation that suppliers buy a book(at a rediculous price) from MLA then get told that the forms are no good and you now have to buy new ones which could be superceded tomprrow!