Animal health, welfare and documentation
07 Oct 2016
Meatco reminds producers of how important it is to adhere to the Animal Health and Welfare Protocol as well as European Union (EU) regulations when delivering to our export abattoirs.
Producers must avoid delivering weak or injured animals, cows that are in a late stage of pregnancy, animals with prolapses and those with genetic birth defects that may cause difficulty in competing for standing space in the compartment. Should animals have lumps under their skin due to healed lumpy skin disease and / or injection marks, producers must provide a report on the history of the disease, treatment and when it was carried out, as well as the withdrawal period.
Additionally, producers and truck drivers must see to it that the correct documentation accompanies animals delivered to our abattoirs. It is imperative that animals are accompanied by a Meatco Sales Advice, a valid Animal Movement Permit, Departure Register, 90/40 day Verification Report and a valid Cleaning & Disinfection Certificate.
An original Fitness Certificate that is renewable on an annual basis must also accompany the truck, stipulating that the trailer is up to standard with grids fixed to the compartment floor.
Please adhere to the above-mentioned protocols and requirements to minimize the risk of animals being sent back to the farm of origin.
At Meatco Animal Health and Welfare is crucial, in this photo is Paul Tjaimba Procurement Officer: Communal