2018-03 - Pre-export requirements for spayed cattle

13 April 2018

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Species: Cattle

Country: All

For information:

  1. Livestock exporters
  2. Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAV)
  3. LiveCorp
  4. Department officers

Purpose

To confirm the pre-export requirements for spayed cattle sourced for export.

Background/ Key points

The Australian Standards for Export of Livestock (ASEL) outlines the requirements for spayed cattle sourced for export.

In accordance with ASEL S1.9 (c) ii and iii, all spayed cattle must be accompanied by a vendor declaration certifying the cattle have been spayed using the Willis dropped ovary technique not less than 30 days before export, or they have been spayed not less than 280 days before export.

EAN 2013-01 requires supporting documentation to clearly list the individual identity, the pregnancy status and the date each of the cattle were pregnancy tested or spayed. EAN 2016-21 requires pregnancy testing results to be provided against National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) numbers.

Consistent with ASEL and these two EANs, vendor declarations for any female cattle must contain their individual NLIS number and the date they were spayed or pregnancy tested. Accredited and suitably qualified pregnancy testers must also provide a declaration about pregnancy testing requirement as outlined in ASEL (see EAN 2016-21). Vendor declarations for spayed cattle do no need to be endorsed by the veterinarian or person who performed the spay. However exporters must be able to clearly demonstrate the link between any cattle presented for export and supporting documents individually identifying each of the female cattle and its status (spayed/not detectably pregnant).

If it is not possible to provide individual NLIS identification/s with the vendor declaration, each of those cattle must be pregnancy tested and confirmed to comply with the pregnancy status requirements specified in ASEL and relevant EANs.

Instructions

  1. Spayed cattle presented for export must be accompanied by a vendor declaration in compliance with ASEL S1.9 (c) ii or iii.
  2. The vendor declaration for spayed cattle must be accompanied by documentation which includes individual NLIS identification numbers, pregnancy status and date/s of the procedure.
  3. The vendor declaration for spayed cattle does not need to be endorsed by a veterinarian or person who performed the spay. However, exporters must be able to clearly demonstrate the link between any cattle presented for export and supporting documents individually identifying each of the female cattle and its status (spayed/not detectably pregnant).
  4. If documentation individually identifying spayed cattle by NLIS cannot be provided, those cattle must be pregnancy tested to comply with ASEL and EAN requirements for female cattle presented for export.

Erin Payne
Director
Live Animal Exports Branch
Exports Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Contact officer: Leah Wells
Phone: 02 6272 3858
Email: Leah Wells