Memo: Many of you joined together to oppose the USDA’s NAIS ploy. Prior to our USA battle with the federales the Australians were fighting the same battle, but they lost the war bigger and faster than the US sisters. The Australian government has always been the “view into the future” for us. Their NAIS is NLIS – National Livestock Identification Scheme. With hearings and political battles USDA realized that over 90% of livestock owners refused to sign up for NAIS so they threw up their hands and said — we give up — NAIS is dead, ended, over. Yet, as most expected, it raised an ugly finger in the air and now we have ADT. ADT is following the same path as NAIS and NLIS, but slower, one state at a time. Texas, of all states is leading the charge in animal ID compliances, testing, and enforcements.
The fight is still on. Our unfriendly-bureaucratic-predator government is adding the control rules one at a time, one state at a time — hammering away toward NAIS. It now is still federal, working under the radar as quasi state rules.
Notice the Australian cattlemen’s plea (article below) to be free again from the ignorance of NLIS. Once in the government’s claws, seldom do they release the prey. Darol
NAIS:.. National Animal Identification System…U.S.
ADT:…Animal Disease Traceability
NLIS:.. National Livestock Identification Scheme… Austrailia
ABA Press Release
Banks to use NLIS to spy on cattle producers – ABA calls on Minister Joyce to intervene.
Meat and Livestock Australia has admitted it has commissioned consultants to develop a system that allows financial institutions to automatically access producers’, lot feeders’ and processors’ NLIS accounts to monitor livestock transactions.
The admission was made to former Australian Beef Association Director, John Carter.
It would seem MLA/NLIS is seeking to develop a user-pay system that automatically notifies a financial institution when stock are moved onto or off an NLIS Account/PIC – for purchase, sale or slaughter. Prospective users of the service are banks, stock and station agencies and any other party, such as an investor, prepared to pay for the service.
“This is an outrageous abuse of trust by MLA,” Australian Beef Association Director Brad Bellinger said.
“NLIS was imposed on cattle producers on the understanding it was needed for market access and bio-security.
“NLIS costs producers $50million per year and it is now being sold by MLA to banks to spy on us.”
“MLA’s deployment of this spying system for profit, when many cattle producers are facing unprecedented climatic and debt pressures, is little more than commercial treachery,” Mr Bellinger said.
MLA/NLIS have not disclosed how much they will charge banks and others for this service. MLA has not disclosed if it has already sold this service to any private or government organisations or made data available to the ATO or Centrelink.
“Cattle producers are the primary stakeholders in NLIS. We should have been consulted before any action was taken to ‘sell’ our cattle information for profit.
“MLA’s secrecy and deceitfulness in this matter is shameful,” Mr Bellinger said.
Mr Bellinger called on the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce to take decisive action.
“The MLA bureaucracy is out of control and Cattle Council has no idea.”
“Selling NLIS data is just another MLA stuff-up. MLA has spent more than $1.5 billion and just stood-by while cattle prices have declined more than 30% in real terms while farm debt has ballooned to unmanageable levels.
“Minister Joyce inherited the CCA/MLA bureaucracy. It was created and overseen by previous Ministers for Agriculture and it exists at the behest of the Minister – not its stakeholders.
“During the election, the Government promised bureaucratic reform.
“Minister Joyce, beef producers call on you to take immediate action to restore integrity and accountability to these organisations,” Mr Bellinger said.
Media Contact: Brad Bellinger: 02 6725 4282
The National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) is overseen by NLIS Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Meat and Livestock Australia.
ASIC records show the directors of NLIS Ltd are: John Wyld, Peter Milne, Ian Feldtmann, Stephen Kelly, Geoffrey Maynard and the Secretary is Rachel Debek.
Geoffrey Maynard is a Director of MLA and Rachel Debek is MLA Company Secretary.
1.3.3 As at the date of publication, NLIS Ltd is the Administrator. It manages and administers the (NLIS) Database and provides technical and generic information and materials to the meat and livestock industry in connection with the Database. It also licenses the manufacture of Devices (Radio Frequency tags).
www.mla.com.au (Underlines added)
National Livestock Identification System
The ability to trace livestock from property of birth to slaughter is crucial to the safety of red meat.
The Australian red meat industry has implemented a national system to ensure the quality and safety of beef, lamb, sheepmeat and goatmeat.
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s system for identification and traceability of livestock. It was introduced in 1999 to enhance Australia’s ability to track cattle during disease and food incidents. Since then it has expanded to enable not only cattle, but also sheep and goats to be traced from property of birth to slaughter for:
NLIS is endorsed by major producer, feedlot, agent, saleyard and processor bodies. In addition to this it is underpinned by State/Territory legislation, which forms the regulatory framework for the system.
NLIS Ltd operates the central NLIS Database on which the livestock movements must be recorded. State/Territory NLIS authorities provide information on:
Property Identification Codes (PIC).
Ordering NLIS devices imprinted with your PIC.
NLIS regulations for cattle, sheep and goats.
Brad Bellinger: 02 6725 4282 David Byard: 0409 426 710