Fully traceable

traceability

Full traceability will minimise the impact of issues that may arise with livestock in the supply chain

Why should I make sure my livestock are traceable?

All livestock need to be fully traceable to allow a fast and efficient response to disease outbreaks or food safety incidents along the supply chain, including on and off farm.

NLIS underpins Australia’s commitment to biosecurity and food safety. It enables the tracing and identification of livestock in order to minimise the potential impact of a disease outbreak or residue incident on people and animals. It also provides a competitive advantage in a global market.

Key aspects of the system are:

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How do I guarantee my livestock are traceable?

As livestock are bought, sold and moved along the supply chain, they must be identified with an NLIS-accredited tag or device. Each movement they make to a location with a different PIC is recorded centrally on the NLIS Database.

Using this information, the NLIS is able to provide a life history of an animal's residency, and to discern which other livestock it may have come into contact with. 

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Who is responsible for the traceability of livestock?

Each time livestock are bought, sold or moved from one property to another, a livestock movement must be recorded on the NLIS Database.

While anyone can upload the details of a movement to the NLIS database, it is the responsibility of the person receiving the livestock to make sure that it happens.

With the client’s agreement, an agent is able to record movements on their behalf. 

The information required to record a livestock movement varies depending on where the animals have moved from and to, and on the type of identification attached to the livestock.

Buying, selling and moving livestock

Tagging livestock

How can I use NLIS to manage my livestock?

As well as ensuring traceability, the NLIS provides real time data which can help you to manage your livestock on-farm.

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Is it necessary for every animal to be fully traceable?

If any issues arise along the supply chain such as a disease outbreak or a food safety incident, all livestock need to be fully traceable to allow a fast and efficient response.

This will minimise the potential impact of a disease outbreak or residue incident on people and animals. It also provides a competitive advantage in a global market

All livestock must be identified with an NLIS-accredited device before being moved off a property.

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How do I use NLIS?

It is the responsibility of every producer to understand the NLIS and use it correctly.  Using NLIS involves registering for an account, tagging your livestock , and recording livestock movements.

See also NLIS technical support.

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