Veterinary Data Management Software
Does your veterinary data stand up to scrutiny?
SI’s veterinary application and touchscreen digitalises all abattoir vet data proving complete proof of adherrence to required processes, standards and legislation.
As it captures kill line data, the Vet Screen also captures the many health checks that are made before slaughter, and tracks each animal record back to the original farm or lot.
“As we share information with our farmers, SI developed an inclusive animal by animal report, including grade and veterinary details. The feedback we’ve received from farmers since implementing these reports has been brilliant; many have commented about how much the information has helped them to improve herd health.”Hayley Draper, Lairage Manager, Pickstock
Every abattoir is obliged to collect veterinary data as part of the kill line process. When the abattoir buys livestock, each consignment will be inspected upon arrival. This will be done by a vet to ensure the animals healthy and fit going down the kill line. If any health problems are identified, this information has to be recorded against a particular animal within the lot. As a consequence, whenever offal is condemned, both the value of the animal and what’s saleable will be reduced.
Many abattoirs rely on manual data recording, vets re-keying information into FSA’s database at the end of each week. Inevitably, this means that the abattoir doesn’t have an up to date view of health information as any one time. But when the data is collected manually, it will not show the detail about the individual animal, the lot and farm. It will also mean that other issues, such as animals arriving dirty, cannot be tracked and the cost of cleaning charged back to the farmer.
As an example, liver fluke is a prevalent disease in cattle, caused by parasites. If the offal is condemned, this will reduce the value of the animal and what’s saleable. A cow’s liver weighs approximately 10kg and has a saleable value, providing it’s in good condition. If the vet condemns the liver, then the liver must be destroyed, resulting in a total loss of value. If the abattoir is reliant on a manual system, it will not be able to associate the condemned liver with a farmer’s lot.
Vet data, traced right back to the farmer
For instance, with SI’s veterinary data application, if offal is condemned, it’s recorded on the screen against the animal and lot. Thanks to the data, the animal can be tracked right back to the farmer and, as well as negotiating a better price for his animals because of the welfare problem.
Good use of post-mortem data can lead to better returns by improving productivity. It can also minimise the losses of saleable meat and offal & shows the abattoir who their best farmer producers.
“We’re now 100% sure that MHS health information’s accurately attributable to the correct animal and correct batch of animals. In conjunction with our other systems, this allows our producers to benchmark performance of healthy animals against animals which have some health issues.”John Craig, Operations Director, AK Stoddart.
- reduces admin and opportunity for error
- provides complete visibility
- demonstrates farmer producer performance
- reduces paperwork
- details condition reporting
- provides opportunity to reduce vet fees.
To find out more about SI’s Veterinary Data Management Application and how it could improve efficiencies within your abattoir, simply complete the form and we’ll get right back to you.
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