New technology to fast-track National Vendor Declarations

02 December 2016

The livestock industry’s move to a digital future is taking another positive step forward with an electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system now available to producers and participants in the value chain.

To enable industry to start using the system, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has granted the first commercial license to Australian software provider, Aglive, to release its eNVD App following extensive trials of the technology.

An eNVD is an electronic version of the current paper NVD document which is required for all movements of cattle, sheep and goats in Australia. The eNVD system transfers electronic livestock integrity data from a livestock producer, through the value chain to the intended receivers.

The eNVD information is verified against industry systems data including Property Identification Codes, Livestock Production Assurance accreditation, and National Livestock Identification System status, to deliver improved data integrity.

MLA’s Integrity and Information Systems Company CEO, Dr Jane Weatherley, said while the livestock industry’s move to a fully electronic system integrating livestock declarations with movement information is in its early stages, the technology is an exciting step forward for the industry.

“The eNVD system will streamline the transfer of data, and offer benefits to producers and other participants in the value chain who opt in to the eNVD system,” Dr Weatherley said.

“For producers, it will reduce the time taken to complete an NVD and ensure the latest versions of the document are being used and meet market requirements.

“It also reduces the cost of storing and retrieving historical NVDs for auditing, reporting and administrative purposes.

“As the technology is rolled out, livestock producers should check with their value chain partners if they’re using the eNVD system.

“It is expected that other commercial licenses will be granted to more Australian software companies over the coming months, who will release further eNVD apps once trials of the technology are completed.”

Dr Weatherley said the technology aligns with MLA’s Value Chain Digital Strategy, which will drive the development of an integrated platform for capturing data and generating reliable and objective information tools that can be readily applied within businesses across the value chain.

Aglive Director Paul Ryan said the Aglive eNVD App allows for unlimited eNVDs for cattle, sheep and goats to be completed with just one app on a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

“Digital consignment data on the Aglive platform is accessible by Aglive users 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including sections of the red meat supply chain who opt in to receive eNVDs, such as agents, saleyards, transporters, processors and exporters,” Mr Ryan said.

“Aglive’s eNVD technology is a live, real-time system that automatically sends NVD data through to an industry database that links directly to the MLA’s NLIS through accredited security protocols.

“In situations where producers have limited internet capability, Aglive allows eNVD data to be stored, which is then automatically updated when in internet range. Producers can also use the technology on their desktop computers.

“The eNVD system and Aglive’s eNVD App underpins Australia’s LPA on-farm food safety program and greatly increases the traceability and provenance of the food chain.”

For more information about the eNVD system, visit: www.mla.com.au/lpa

For more information about Aglive’s eNVD App visit: www.aglive.com

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