Guidelines for Accreditation of Non-Veterinary Pregnancy Testing of Feeder and Slaughter Cattle for Export

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Animal Biosecurity Branch

Guidelines for Accreditation of Non
-
Veterinary Pregnancy
Testing of Feeder and Slaughter Cattle for Export


NT Factsheet last updated

01/09
/2013


DEPARTMENT OF
PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND FISHERIES


Background

Version 2.3 of the Australian Standards for Live Export (ASEL)
http://www.daff.gov.au/animal
-
plant
-
health/welfare/export
-
trade/livestock
-
export
-
standards

administered by the Australian Gover
nment Department of Agriculture (DOA) (previously
called

Dept of Agriculture,

Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)
)

requires competency
standards
for pregnancy testing slaughter or feeder female cattle and buffalo for export. The relevant
standard (S1.9) is attached (Attachment 1). The revised standard was introduced on 1 July
2006.


An Export Advisory Notice (EAN) 2013
-
01 ID specifying
additional identification and
reporting requirements for the pregnancy status of cattle sourced and presented for
live export was introduced on 1 August 2013.


For the purpose of certification of cattle intended for export from Northern Territory or
Weste
rn Australia to certain countries that are not pregnant, D
O
A Biosecurity Live Animal
Exports (formerly AQIS) accepts certification by a registered veterinarian or a person
accredited by the relevant agency in the State or Territory.


In all other jurisdict
ions pregnancy testing for export must be done by a registered
veterinarian. Under the State Veterinary legislation in Australia, pregnancy testing is
considered an act of veterinary surgery in Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.


Authorisation in
Western Australia is managed by the WA Veterinary Surgeons Board
http://www.vsbwa.org.au/index.php/authorisedpersons/


Accreditation by the Northern Territory Department of
Primary Indust
ry
&

Fisheries
(D
P
IF
)

A person may apply for accreditation to be recognised as a competent non
-
veterinary
pregnancy tester for pregnancy testing slaughter and feeder cattle for export from Northern
Territory by:


1.

Completing the accreditation application form available on the
DPIF

website
www.nt.gov.au/d/animalhealth

and
click on

Exports
-

Pregnancy Testing
.


2.

Attaching a copy of the Memorandum of Grades provided by

a Recognized Training
Organisation (RTO) for the nationally recognized course
Pregnancy test animals
AHCLSK408



Applicants meeting these criteria will be accredited for pregnancy testing slaughter and
feeder cattle for export which originate in the North
ern Territory. The accreditation does not
allow non
-
veterinary pregnancy testing of cattle or buffalo for export in other States.


A certificate of accreditation will be posted to the applicant with an accreditation number
which is used when the accredite
d person provides certification that export cattle are non
-
pregnant. Accreditation will last for a period of three (3) years, providing conditions for
maintenance of competency are complied with.


Maintenance of accreditation will rely on ongoing pregnan
cy testing activity with a moving
average of at least 500 cattle per year over a three (3) year period, annual reporting of
pregnancy testing activity to
DPIF
, pregnancy testing for export purposes
.

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Pregnancy Testing Training

The Charles Darwin University

(CDU) Katherine Rural Campus is a Recognised Training
Organisation (RTO) which provides the nationally recognized pregnancy testing training
course
Pregnancy test animals AHCLSK408

and the practical test and theory examination
required for export accredit
ation. Consultation with other RTOs would need to be undertaken
prior to an applicant completing training to determine whether the assessment meets the
export accreditation requirements.


The assessment can be undertaken at set dates at Mataranka Station o
r on a commercial
cattle property with a suitable crush, race and forcing yards with prior arrangement through
the CDU Katherine Rural Campus. The assessment can be combined with normal
management activities.


Assessment by theory and practical examinatio
n will be:



Undertake a practical examination in diagnosing 20 animals as pregnant or non
-
pregnant (100% accuracy).



Undertake a theory examination (minimum score of 80%)


Katherine Rural campus contacts

General enquires

|
Freecall: 1800 779 577

|
Ph:


(
08
)

8973 8311


Tim Biggs

Team Leader Agriculture & Rural Operations Studies

Katherine Rural Campus, CDU

PMB 155 KATHERINE NT 0852

Ph
:
(08) 8973

8325

I

Fax
:
(08) 8973

8300

I

tim.biggs@cdu.edu.au


Maintenance of Competency:

Maintenance of accreditation will rely upon the satisfactory performance of the accredited
person and compliance with the conditions set out in these guidelines.


Conditions

1.

Accreditation is valid for a
three (3) year period.


2.

The accredited person must maintain records of:

a)

the date of each pregnancy testing examination;

b)

the name and address of the owner of the cattle;

c)

the property on which the cattle were examined;

d)

the number of cattle examined;

e)

the

number of cattle determined to be pregnant by the accredited person.


3.

Each year, the accredited person must submit the following documentation to the
Department of
Primary Industry
&

Fisheries by 31 December
:

a)

Pregnancy testing activity form

b)

Pregnancy tes
ting records for the year


4.

A complaint has not been received from exporters related to competency.

A formal
process of investigation has been established to investigate complaints.


Evidence of pregnancy testing activity can be provided by:



Ex
port pregnan
cy testing records
which can be corroborated by exporter or D
O
A
Biosecurity;



Production pregnancy testing records corroborated by employer.


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The Department of
Primary Industry and Fisheries may cancel

the accre
ditation of an
accredited pregnancy tester if
after due enquiry there is substantiated evidence to show that
a person is not competent. The person will have the opportunity to respond to evidence
presented.


The criteria for maintenance of competency may be reviewed by
DPIF

in consultation with
stakeholders on a regular basis. Amendments will be published on the Department of
Primary Industry and Fisheries

website, and accredited persons will be advised by mail.


Record Keeping by
DPIF

The Department of
Primary Industry and
Fisheries

will maintain a register of accredited
persons which is published on the Department of
Primary Industry
&

Fisheries website a

www.nt.gov.au/d/animalhealth

and
click on
Exports
-

Pregnancy
Testing
.


A list of accredited pregnancy testers will also be provided to D
O
A Biosecurity Live Animal
Export veterinarians and the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA).


Accredited pregnancy testers will be notified in writing 3 mont
hs prior to the date of
accreditation expiry. The current address maintained by the Department of
Primary Industry
and Fisheries

will be used for contact with accredited persons. It is the responsibility of the
accredited person to notify the agency of a
change of address.


Certification Required by D
O
A Biosecurity

For the purpose of certification that cattle intended for export from the Northern Territory are
not pregnant, D
O
A Biosecurity Live Animal Exports will require the accreditation number
provided
to non
-
veterinary pregnancy testers by Department of
Primary Industry
&

Fisheries

to be written on the ven
dor

declaration form for export following pregnancy testing.
Investigation of false declarations may be made under the
Export Control Act
administered

by D
O
A Biosecurity.


Exporters have advised that a list of individual NLIS Radio Frequency Identification Devices
(RFIDs) of pregnancy tested animals must be attached to the Vendor declaration.


Department of
Primary Industry
&

Fisheries

Contact

Dick Mort
on

Senior Field

Veterinary Officer
(SFVO)

G
PO Box 3000, D
ARWIN NT 0801

Ph
:
(08) 8999

2035

|
Mob
: 0
427

003

600

|
Fax
: (
08) 8999

2146

dick.morton@nt.gov.au



Further Information:

Charles Darwin
University (CDU) Katherine Campus

http://www.cdu.edu.au/campuses/katherine/campus.html


Pregnancy test animals (AHCLSK408) course details and Recognized Training
Organisations (RTOs)
http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHCLSK408A


DAFF Biosecurity Live Animal Exports

http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/export


Australian Stan
dards for Live Export (ASEL) V2.3
http://www.daff.gov.au/animal
-
plant
-
health/welfare/export
-
trade/livestock
-
export
-
standards


Northern Territory Live
stock

Exporters Association (NTLEA)

http://www.ntlea.com.au/

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Attachment 1


Australian Standards for Livestock Export Version 2.3


S1.9

Cattle and buffalo sourced for export as slaughter and
feeder animals:

(a)

must
have been weaned at least 14 days before
sourcing for export;

(b)

must have an individual liveweight of more than
200kg and less than 650kg or, if outside these
weights, have written prior approval from the
relevant Australian Government agency;

(c)

must have been

determined not to be pregnant,
using the following criteria:

(i)

have been pregnancy tested during the 30 day
period before export and certified in writing as
not detectably pregnant by the registered
veterinarian or competent pregnancy tester who
pregnancy t
ested the cattle or buffalo; or

(ii)

be accompanied by a DPIF

declaration that
certifies that they have been spayed using the
Willis dropped ovary technique not less than 30
days before export; or

(iii)

be accompani
ed by a DPIF

declaration that
certifies that they ha
ve been spayed not less
than 280 days before export.

For this standard, a
competent pregnancy tester
, for
a pregnancy test conducted in:

(d)

the Northern Territory

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ormation or advice
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