TRACEABILITY AND QA
ASD (Animal Status Declaration) Forms
An ASD is a legal and essential document that provides animal traceability and must accompany all livestock movements in New Zealand. The ASD is vital:
- To transfer key animal welfare information about the stock.
- For guiding ante-mortem and post-mortem examination at the processing premises.
- Integral for determining export eligibility.
- Underpins the Government’s ability to sign export certification.
A correctly completed ASD form must accompany all livestock being sent for slaughter. An example of a correctly completed form is included inside the front cover of our ASD booklets.
In addition, suppliers to the Ovation Lamb Producer Group need to ensure that they complete and send the yellow backing card that is included in the company ASD booklet. This card includes questions relating to the quality assurance status of the lambs being sent for slaughter.
- Replacement ASD books are available through your agent or from the slaughter plants.
Quality Assurance Standards
Food safety, animal welfare, product integrity and traceability remain our number one business priority. All Ovation products adhere strictly to certified international food safety standards, which enable us to deliver a surprisingly long product shelf life when stored at recommended temperatures.
Ovation On-Farm Quality Assurance Programme.
The worldwide demand for greater food safety and quality assurances drives our Ovation On-Farm Quality Assurance Programme. This programme precedes and complements the programmes and auditing process that are in place throughout our processing facilities.
The independent auditing company AsureQuality carries out the on-farm auditing of the programme. A self-audit form is available for Ovation farmers to identify areas they may need to focus on prior to audits being undertaken.
For more details on AsureQuality view their website. asurequality.co.nz.
Ovation’s Farm Assurance Programme is accredited to JAS-ANZ ISO/IEC 17065 Standard and now adopts the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP) as its base: https://www.nzfap.com/
Enquiries about the Ovation scheme should be made to Hylton Bayliss at Hylton.Bayliss@ovation.co.nz