BPEX: Electronic pig movement system compulsory as of April
The eAML2 electronic pig movement system becomes compulsory at the beginning of April in England and Wales.
To be legal and comply with the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Orders (PRIMO) 2011, pig movements must be reported through the eAML2 system, either by setting up the movement themselves online or by contacting the eAML2 Bureau Service.
“Pig keepers do not need to worry if they have not got a computer or internet access,” said Dorothea Schiemann of BPEX. They can contact the Bureau Service by telephone, fax or post and they will set up the online movement on pig keepers’ behalf. There will also be third party providers such as the British Pig Association or marketing groups.
“Abattoirs without computer access may also use the FSA Official Veterinarian to confirm movements have been completed on their behalf.”
The current carbon copy AML2 paper form will no longer be a valid form of pig movement reporting with effect from 1April 2012.
The eAML2 system provides for pre-notification of all types of movement and integration with the Scottish system will also be ready for April. All pig keepers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the electronic system and register with the service.
Keepers without a computer will need to keep a printed-out paper copy of the haulier summary for their records. They can contact the eAML2 Bureau Service for help with this.
Keepers who have access to a computer on-farm do not need to keep a paper version of their holding movement record. If the movement records are kept on the corporate farm office miles away from the actual unit, a paper holding movement record must still be maintained.
The eAML2 Bureau Service helpline number is 0844 335 8400. The fax number is 0247 669 2405 and the address is MLCSL, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2TL.
The industry will know exactly where all the pigs are more or less instantaneously because the central database is updated so quickly, which will be invaluable in the event of any future disease outbreaks.
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