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MEAT FLASH – 25 FEBRUARY 2021

THE MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA HAD ITS INDUSTRY COMMITTEE MEETINGS LAST WEEK AND WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN BRING THE FOLLOWING TO THE ATTENTION OF PRODUCERS:

 

COMPLETION OF FAN MEAT LEAK, MEDICINE AND TRAINING REGISTERS

The FAN Meat office received very good co - operation from producers during the recent FAN Meat audit of livestock producers for the year 2020.   During the year, 58 farms were audited for compliance with FAN Meat requirements and adherence to requirements was found to be very good.  Some aspects that needed attention are the completion of FAN Meat registers, especially the employee training (Form C) and farm management program.  The necessary training was given to the audited producers which in turn submitted completed registers to the FAN Meat office.  Further awareness and training regarding FAN Meat rules and requirements continues by ways of information sessions at farmers 'associations' information days, and other gatherings.

 

SUBMISSION OF ANIMAL HEALTH DECLARATIONS

The FAN Meat office has noted that there is a decrease in the submission of Animal Health Declarations for the last semester of 2020. Many producers have not yet submitted their declarations and are kindly requested and encouraged to submit the declarations as soon as possible. The forms can be completed online on the NamLITS website: www.namlits.com, or the form can also be handed in at the nearest veterinary office. The closing date was already 31 January 2021, but producers received a grace period until 31 March 2021 to complete and submit forms, after which automatic restrictions on farms can take place. The forms are used for planning purposes for the Directorate Veterinary Services and the Meat Board.

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF QUOTAS DURING EARTAG PURCHASES

All producers who purchase beef ear tags from the Meat Board in Windhoek, or through the various agents may only buy a restricted number of ear tags depending on the quantity for which they qualify as determined by a quota system established by the Directorate Veterinary Services.  The NamLITS database is programmed to automatically allocate this quota to individual producers. The quota is calculated by, among other things, determining how many ear tags have been registered and replaced by producers on the NamLITS database in the past 24 months.  However, producers who do not qualify for sufficient ear tags can apply to the NamLITS head office in Windhoek or Ondangwa or to Dr Janet Erastus (0811458430), Dr Luvala (0811489191) or Mr John Ngenokesho (0811482755) for revision of the indicated quota.

 

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION AND TRACEABILITY PRE-REQUISITES REGARDING MOVEMENTS TO EXPORT ABATTOIRS

It remains a requirement, according to the Animal Identification and Traceability Regulation, to identify cattle individually with double ear tags already at the age of 6 months.   On 27 January 2021, the Directorate Veterinary Services informed producers to have ear tag number (s) on hand when applying for a livestock movement permit to an export abattoir. This provision will also become mandatory from 1 April 2021 for all other final destinations (all livestock movements).   The NamLITS database will then only issue a livestock movement permit if the indicated cattle appear on the correct herd list. It is very important that producers make sure that their cattle are already registered and also appear in the right herd. Therefore, regularly verify your herd statement and 90/40 day report if applicable.

 

CLEAN-UP OF THE TRACEABILITY SYSTEM (NamLITS)

The accuracy of the information of each producer's farming operations on NamLITS is largely the responsibility of the producer. The Meat Board therefore wants the co - operation of all producers to “clean up” the data on NamLITS in as short a time as possible, in the next nationwide effort by:

 

  1. Gathering of all livestock to be able to confirm the numbers as well as identification numbers;
  2. Verification of these numbers and identification numbers against the herd statements on NamLITS.

 

This process can be done in 3 ways:

  1. On NamLITS online, as the producer can now do tag registrations, replacements and terminations himself. The producer can also complete livestock movements on NamLITS online;
  2. At the local State Veterinary Office; and
  3. At the Meat Board FAN Meat NamLITS Helpdesk office in Windhoek.

 

Your cooperation will be appreciated.

 

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