The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has granted an application by the Red Meat Producer Organisation (RPO) and the SA Goat Breeders’ Association for Class A goats (kids) to be roller-marked with blue ink instead of orange ink as prescribed by the regulations.
The department decided to implement the request via dispensation until it can be formally captured in the regulations. The changeover from orange to blue ink shall be fully implemented no later than 1 May 2018.
The permission is subject to the following conditions:
- All other conditions of the relevant regulations shall be complied with.
- It may be withdrawn at any time should a valid complaint be received.
- All abattoirs slaughtering small stock (the goat industry) indemnify the Directorate Food Safety and Quality Assurance and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from any detrimental effect, financially or otherwise, which may emanate as a result of this permission.
- The termination date will be when the amendment to the relevant regulations has been published in the Government Gazette. -RPO newsletter