Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has welcomed moves from the European Union Cattle Accreditation System (EUCAS) to remove the requirement of lime green tail tags when sending EUCAS cattle to saleyards or processing facilities.
Since June 2008, Cattle Council of Australia and the Red Meat Advisory Council have lobbied for the removal of red tape for access to the EU market.
CCA spokesperson for marketing and market access, Mr Marc Greening, said he was glad to see common sense had prevailed with the announcement to remove the tail tag requirement entirely.
“NLIS clearly demonstrates traceability that the EU market requires, the tail tag was simply unnecessary.”
Mr Greening, an EU backgrounder and finisher who supplies around 2000 head to this market yearly, said it was a clear example of how removal of unnecessary protocol will provide broader benefits to the supply chain.
“Apart from the obvious saving in the cost of the tags it will also reduce labour and will enable better animal management prior to trucking.
“Tail tag retention was so unreliable tags had to be applied just prior to trucking.
“With that taken out I can certainly manage animal stress levels much better. This helps from a shrinkage point of view and carcase quality aspect.”
“This is a clear example of how the cattle industry requires effective advocacy groups like CCA to work away on market access issues like this” Mr Greening said.
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