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.
The system record the vet data on the kill line itself. It also performs the many checks that 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/lot.
“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.
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
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. It can then 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. It can also minimise the losses of saleable meat and offal & shows the abattoir who 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.
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