2014-09 Amended documentation requirements for the export of breeder cattle to China

​15 July 2014


Breeder Cattle



Relevant to

  1. Livestock exporters
  2. LiveCorp and ALEC
  3. Department of Agriculture Live Animal Exports Officers


The purpose of this notice is to advise exporters of amended documentation requirements to demonstrate compliance with importing country requirements for breeder cattle destined to China.


The importing country requirements for breeder cattle to China include the following clauses:

4.2. The cattle for export were born and raised on the farm from which they are being exported or were reared on the farm during the past 6 months.

4.3. The farms are located in the bluetongue free area. The zoning map for bluetongue in Australia is available on the Animal Health Australia website.

Breeder cattle are only eligible for export to China if they have been resident on the property of origin for at least 6 months prior to commencement of on farm testing and the property or origin is located in the bluetongue free zone.


For all new applications (those yet to be received by the department as from 15 July 2014) to export breeder cattle to China exporters will be required to include in their Consignment Risk Management Plan (CRMP) a process to ensure that:

  1. All cattle are fitted with a functional National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) R adio-Frequency Identification (RFID) device,
  2. Cattle selected for export have up to date and accurate records in the NLIS database that demonstrate the 6 month residency requirement,
  3. A list of NLIS tags numbers is provided to the department when animals are inducted into pre-export quarantine.

The department will conduct a complete audit of these records for the first consignment for each exporter using this system. Any cattle for which the six month residency requirement cannot be demonstrated will be rejected from the consignment. Auditing of the NUS Records will form part of the documentation processing for the export of the live animals And time will be recorded for charging purposes.

The department will continue to audit a subset of these records for future consignments. Ongoing audit will be based on the exporter's compliance history. The department may share NLIS records with relevant state authorities.


Jenny Cupit
Assistant Secretary
Live Animal Export Branch
Department of Agriculture

Contact officer: Kate Makin
Ph: (02) 6272 4581
Email: Live Stock Exports

Last reviewed: 22 April 2021
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