The Animal Status Declaration (ASD) is a mandated form under the Animal Products Act 1999 for the specification for products intended for human consumption. It is a key traceability implementation tool that provides consignment related information about the animal(s) being moved. The ASD is a statutory declaration completed by the person in charge of the animal(s) (PICA) who has the knowledge and authority to answer the questions.

The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) and OSPRI, in collaboration with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), introduced an electronic ASD (eASD) proof of concept product which involved the development of a trial software platform to test the feasibility of an eASD form to replace the current paper ASD form.
About the project

The eASD project started with a business case that outlined the need for and benefits of making paper ASDs electronic. Development began in October 2015 and went live in February 2016 with a testing group comprising 16 farmers and three meat processing plants. The proof of concept stage resulted in 90 per cent of participants advising their satisfaction with the application and their preference for an electronic system over a paper form.

At the end of 2016, RMPP and OSPRI moved into a pilot phase, commencing early 2017 to trial the complete eASD process with one major meat processor (Silver Fern Farms) and their supply chain. This phase has now extended to several other processing enterprises.

One of the requirements of the project was for OSPRI to deliver a full business case for eASD implementation that considers the cost and benefit of such transition for all sectors and stakeholders in the industry.

In May 2017, OSPRI developed a business case and proposal for the development of the full eASD programme, covering the comparison of five different implementation options against the base case (current paper product). The least cost and most efficient option for industry was determined to be the linkage of a future eASD/ASD program with NAIT online system.

From 1 August 2017, the pilot moved into phase one implementation which involved a dedicated project to engage further meat processors and their nominated suppliers to a total of 5,000 users. This phase will include direct farm to slaughter movements. This phase has since been extended to June 2019.

As of the end of November 2018, there are 1,040 farmers registered with the eASD Pilot of the maximum 5,000 users agreed in the project. There are 30 processing sites utilising the eASD, of a total of 8 meat processing enterprises.

There have been 6,776 eASDs created, with 2,718 of these cattle, 3,595 sheep and 463 deer. The total livestock moved under the eASD Pilot by end of the third quarter of the 2018 year was 591,850.

The next steps, over the course of the 2018/2019 year, is to work with industry and Government to determine and agree the investment and development process for the full eASD implementation programme under the Animal Products Act.