Utilising technology to put important regulatory information at people’s fingertips has again been realised in the livestock export industry with the launch of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) app, the CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, Alison Penfold has announced today.
Following in the footsteps of the Veterinary Handbook app launched last year, the ASEL app has been adapted from the spiral bound ASEL handbook, and means it is now easier to access for anyone along the livestock export supply chain – from producers to on-board stockpersons.
ASEL sets the standards for the conduct of the livestock export trade, as required by the Australian Government and covers the sourcing and on-farm preparation of livestock, land transport of livestock for export, management of livestock in registered premises, vessel preparation and loading, and on-board management of livestock and air transport of livestock.
“It is a great resource for the whole industry, from the producer understanding their selection and preparation requirements on-farm right through to the head stockperson managing livestock on-board or in the air,” Ms Penfold said.
“The app means you can have handy access to check the standards anywhere and anytime as you don’t need wi-fi to access it once downloaded.
“The development of this app shows the livestock export industry is on the front foot when it comes to constantly improving and reassessing animal welfare standards.”
Frontier International Live Export Officer – South East Asia, Cameron Jenkins, who uses ASEL on a daily basis, said it is valuable to have the standards so readily available in the form of an app.
Previously, Mr Jenkins said he carried around the ASEL book, or took photographs of important stocking density and fodder requirement calculations on his phone so they were at hand.
“The calculators are a really good reference point for when you’re on the run and it makes it easier to make decisions rather than running the risk of an error from pen and paper calculations,” Mr Jenkins said.
“For someone like me who uses ASEL daily, we do know it fairly well, but it is handy to be able to have ASEL in my back pocket to refer to if I need to check something or if somebody has a question.”
The app has been developed jointly by LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia under the Livestock Export Program and includes feed, fodder, water and stocking density calculators and covers cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, deer and camelids (camels, llama, alpacas and vicunas).
“This project forms part of our extensive $2.9 million suite of research initiatives across a wide range of issues in the trade with animal welfare improvements to core focus of the RD&E program,” LiveCorp Chief Executive Officer Sam Brown said.
“The development of the app demonstrates technological innovation from industry and complements the work we did in developing the Veterinary Handbook app,” Mr Brown said.
“Already the LEP is considering improvements to the ASEL app to create further efficiencies for industry and is looking at ways to adopt improvements to standards over and above ASEL,” he said.
The launch of the app comes as the livestock export industry prepares for its industry conference, LIVEXchange, in Darwin next week.
The app is available for download through the Apple and Google Play stores for free.
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