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: Vets welcome tighter controls on female cattle exports
: Export News Tasmania September 14, 2013, 08:19:55 PM
From this month, all female cattle presented for export must have supporting documents which show a clear link between their identity and pregnancy status.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry introduced the stricter reporting requirements after veterinary groups raised concerns about non-complying cattle slipping through the inspection system.

Dr Ben Gardiner from the Australian Veterinary Association has welcomed the move, which he says will improve animal welfare standards.


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"We have a wonderful scheme called the National Livestock Identification System, which means every animal can be identified by an individual microchip," he said.

"But in the requirements for export there have been some loopholes in the past.

"Female cattle in particular need their pregnancy status qualified, but then you have a risk the expertise that might be put into the pregnancy status is then undermined by the fact that the identification is not rock solid.

"So we are really pleased that they are tightening up this loophole."

But Dr Gardiner says the pregnancy testing process should also be under greater scrutiny.
 
"It is one thing to say these cattle are adequately identified as to the status of the pregnancy stated by the tester, but then there is also the case of the quality assurance of the pregnancy testing," he said.

"We believe the National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme, a scheme of accreditation of vets as to their expertise used to perform pregnancy diagnosis, is the best way forward."

Further information on the new reporting requirements is available on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website. 

ABC Rural  Carmen Brown

Updated Thu 29 Aug 2013
 
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: Re: Vets welcome tighter controls on female cattle exports
: Export News Tasmania September 14, 2013, 08:22:45 PM
Well, it was proved that they can't rely on the exporters vets to get it right/tell the truth, after a shipment of pregnant cattle were sent to Mauritius in October last year.. The animals had been certified as not being pregnant but as having been spayed by exporter vet Dr David Morrell in Broome and started giving birth on the Barkly Pearl.