New Animal Status Declaration Forms
Federated Farmers: New Animal Status Declaration Forms From 1 February 2002
Federated Farmers’ NZ Meat & Fibre Producers Chairman Murray Taggart is urging farmers to make sure they have the latest Animal Status Declaration form when sending stock to slaughter from 1 February 2002.
“The old Animal Status Declaration form had to be revised due to more stringent requirements being forced upon New Zealand meat exports by overseas markets,” said Mr Taggart.
“The new form meets these increased assurances being demanded by importing countries and also simplifies the confusing Ruminant Protein question.”
“The new form will be compulsory for all stock going to slaughter from 1st February 2002, but we would encourage farmers to begin using the new form as soon as it becomes available.”
Key changes include: * Question 1: Animal History - this question asks whether or not the animal is owner bred, and if not, how long the vendor had owned the animal and if he/she has a completed vendor declaration for the animal. * Question 4: Animal Feeding - the ruminant protein question has been re-written and a new question added regarding the feed history of the animal. * Note 2A: 60-day withholding period - previously if the vendor had bought-in stock without a vendor declaration card, he would have had to apply a 180 with-holding period for all unknown treatments. This has been reduced to 60 days.
Mr Taggart said that it is important that farmers get to know the new form, and the supporting guidelines and notes on the back of the form, to ensure that they fill out the form correctly. False declarations can result in fines of up to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for corporations.
Farmers are advised to keep a copy of the completed declaration forms they supply for at least 6 months following the sale of the animals.
“We would also encourage farmers buying-in livestock to ask for Animal Status Declaration forms. Without animal status declaration cards for bought-in livestock farmers may have difficulty answering the revised Animal History and Feeding questions,” said Mr Taggart.
The new Animal Status Declaration forms are available from meat companies and stock agents. Revised Animal Status Declarations for farm-to-farm movements of cattle and deer are also available from the Animal Health Board through AgriQuality.