Veterinary Data Management
Does your veterinary data stand up to scrutiny?
By using SI’s veterinary application, screen and our renowned shop-floor data capture, all vet data is digitalised to provide complete proof that the abattoir has adhered to the required processes and legislation.
Not only does the system record the vet data on the kill line itself, but also the many checks that must be performed to prove the health of the animal before it is slaughtered. Even if the farms that supply an abattoir may be widespread, our vet data application tracks against each farmer or lot.
“We are now 100% sure that MHS health information is 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.
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 by a vet to ensure the animals are healthy and fit to go down the kill line. If any health problems are identified, such as liver fluke, 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 still rely on manual data recording, and their vets re-keying information into the 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 due to liver fluke, 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
With SI’s veterinary data application, if the offal is condemned, it will be recorded at the point of the veterinary check against the animal and lot, and can be tracked right back to the farmer. The abattoir can then feed back that information to the farmer, 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 and minimising the losses of saleable meat and offal, and shows the abattoir who are their best farmer producers.
- reduces admin and opportunity for error
- provides complete visibility
- demonstrates farmer producer performance
- reduces paperwork
- details condition reporting
- provides opportunity to reduce vet fees.