Operation Mary targeting NLIS compliance
02 May 2016
Operation Mary is coming soon to a saleyard near you.
Biosecurity staff from Murray Local Land Services, along with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, are participating in the statewide National Livestock Identification System compliance campaign for sheep and goats.
As part of the operation, codenamed ‘Mary’, staff will audit saleyards and processing plants in Corowa, Deniliquin, Finley, Jerilderie and Urana.
Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services at Murray Local Land Services, Geoff Corboy, said the campaign was an extension of routine auditing processes.
“Our staff work with saleyard operators, agents, buyers and producers to ensure NSW has one of the best livestock identification systems in the world, ensuring traceability across the supply chain,” he said.
During the check, biosecurity staff will ensure all sheep are ear tagged and National Vendor Declarations are filled in correctly.
“The entire industry plays a part in keeping the system strong, and the system enhances the ability to respond quickly to any disease or food safety incident,” Mr Corboy said.
“Access to valuable export markets is maintained by strong livestock traceability.”
Mr Corboy said Operation Mary aimed to increase the understanding and compliance with NLIS for sheep and goats.
“We know that producers in NSW are keen to maintain the current mob based system for NLIS compliance for sheep and goats," he said.
“Operation Mary will deliver strong data around the current levels of compliance and allow us to focus our work with the industry to support increasing levels of compliance into the future.
“This is one way Local Land Services is working with our ratepayers and other land managers to ensure biosecure, profitable, productive and sustainable primary industries in NSW.”