Updated: 5 April 2017
Operation Mary - is a state-wide National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) compliance campaign focusing on sheep and goats.
The goal of Operation Mary is to increase awareness and understanding of how important compliance with the National Livestock Identification System is to ensure a sustainable agricultural industry in Australia.
When livestock are offered for sale, the owner (vendor) is required to declare the location where the sheep were bred on a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) form. Information collected on these declarations is vital if there is a disease outbreak, as it provides the necessary data to trace animals back to their origin and potentially control the spread of disease.
These requirements also apply to any individual or company who trades livestock, including swapping or selling animals at saleyards and other informal means, such as neighbours, friends, markets and websites.
During Operation Mary, saleyards across the state will be visited by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) staff performing checks to ensure that all sheep are tagged and that National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) are completed accurately.
These random compliance checks will be conducted in the coming months as a collaborative effort between DPI, LLS and NSW Police Rural Crime Investigators.