A NEW, mobile-friendly version of the electronic National Vendor Declaration or eNVD system is now available for Australia livestock producers.
Meat & Livestock Australia’s Integrity Systems Company said livestock producers will be able to complete documentation for consignments in less than five minutes with the new eNVD, making it an efficient and convenient platform.
This has been achieved by combining the questions from all forms and allowing users to create a template. Feedback during testing led to the new eNVD including about 30 enhancements, and it will be continuously updated to ensure it meets users’ expectations and requirements.
A new feature on the eNVD is a ‘mixed sex’ option for sheep and lamb consignments, scheduled for released by 10 April 2020. The dates and transport details for consignment can also be altered for a time.
MLA said new eNVD system was subjected to rigorous testing over eight months, involving 2000 users, including producers, feedlots and other stakeholders.
Removing handwriting from the NVD process assists all supply chain participants in reading and understanding consignment forms. Consignments can be easily searched in the new eNVD, making tracing, reporting, auditing etc. very quick and easy, MLA said.
The updated eNVD has a user-centric design that is easy to navigate, removes duplication and can be completed on a mobile device or desktop computer by Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accredited producers, feedlots and value chain stakeholders. It was developed by MLA’s Integrity Systems Company (ISC).
The updated eNVD is part of a suite of changes to the National Vendor Declaration being rolled out in 2020, and collectively designed to provide an easier, more efficient and cost-effective way for producers and supply chain stakeholders to interact with Australia’s red meat integrity system.
The other changes include the release of updated versions of NVDs for all species in July and the decommissioning of the eDEC system at the end of the year.
The NVD communicates the food safety status of every animal every time it moves along the value chain – between properties, to saleyards or to processors.
ISC chief executive officer Dr Jane Weatherley said the updated eNVD provides a fast and intuitive system to complete livestock consignments and meet LPA program requirements.
“It has been subjected to rigorous testing ahead of its release to the red meat industry and ISC will continue to update the system to ensure it delivers the best user experience to industry.
“Due to field validation, the new eNVD strengthens traceability and market access and ensures producers are providing information that meets the latest market requirements,” Dr Weatherley said.
“Adopting the new eNVD is simpler and more accurate for the whole supply chain. All consignments are in the one place and instantly available online, enabling stakeholders to log in and view eNVDs, including receivers of a consignment or animal.”