Wellard’s Beaufort River Meats leading the way in e-food safety integrity
Wellard Limited (Wellard, ASX:WLD) has become the first meat processor in Western Australia with the ability to receive electronic versions of the National Vendor Declarations (NVD) from sheep producers.
The Company’s Kojonup abattoir, Beaufort River Meats (BRM), is the first receiver of the eNVD in Western Australia, enabling farmers to fill out and submit an eNVD using an app on their smart phone. The app and eNVD software has been developed by Aglive, a Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) licensed eNVD software provider.
Wellard General Manager Meat Processing and Trading Kel Whitehouse said the conversion from a physical paper-based system to digital consignment documents will increase the timeliness and accuracy of information received as well as alleviating the need for storage of paper NVDs.
“The development of an electronic vendor declarations enhances the food safety and biosecurity integrity of our livestock industry,” Mr Whitehouse said. “It will enable a quicker and more accurate response to any food safety or biosecurity issues if they were to occur.
“Once farmers are used to it, the eNVD will reduce the administrative burden on-farm and will provide BRM with the ability to provide real time assessments and reports on all of the NVD inputs.
“Using technology to move away from an expensive paper-based system is the future and we’re pleased to be pioneering this new system from Aglive.”
BRM will continue to accept the existing paper NVD forms from suppliers of sheep.
MLA’s Integrity Systems Company CEO, Dr Jane Weatherley, said this announcement was an exciting step forward for the livestock industry. This follows MLA’s granting of the first commercial license to Australian software provider, Aglive, to release its innovative eNVD App following extensive trials of the technology.
“The eNVD system is set to significantly strengthen our NVD system, streamlining the transfer of data, and offer many additional management benefits to producers and other participants in the value chain who opt in to the eNVD system,” Dr Weatherley said.
To register for the “Free” Aglive eNVD App or the Aglive Pro, click Register Now. The app is available on iPhone & Android smartphones. Note: You will need your NLIS username/password and your PIC number to complete the registration.
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Background – Wellard
Wellard is Australia’s largest cattle exporter and a vertically integrated agribusiness.
Wellard has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years. Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, the company’s operations spans the world and cover every aspect of the livestock export chain, including livestock selection and aggregation, pre export quarantine facilities, feed milling, and a modern fleet of specialized “floating farms livestock carriers”.
Wellard is also involved in the trade of lamb, mutton and goat meat. It owns and operates a modern abattoir in Western Australia, Beaufort River Meats, which processes up to 2500 sheep and lambs a day, enabling Wellard to meet customer demand for both livestock and chilled meat.