Each harvesting team on average comprises of approximately 13 people including 3 marksmen, 3 light men 7 slaughterers/processors.
It is a requirement that each team is registered with the National Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
In order for the team to be registered with the department, the team has to pass an inspection process carried out by a State Veterinarian to determine if the team complies with all the requirements as stipulated in Veterinary Procedural Notice 8 (VPN 8).
Sourcing Of Game
1) The number of animals to be harvested.
2) The specie of animals to be harvested.
3) The price per kg to be paid for the carcasses.
4) The date for the harvest to take place.
2) The Department of Nature Conservation will only issue a permit if the application meets all the requirements, of which there are many, notables being
That the animals to be harvested are not listed threatened or protected species i.e. listed under the Biodiversity Act of 2004 as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, or Protected.
That the culling method to be used is not a prohibited method.
2. Export Requirements
Some of the notable checks are
Is the holding where the game are situated, a disease free area
Is the holding a growth hormone free environment
3) After the holding has been registered the Company informs the State Veterinary Office of the harvesting programme and requests that the State Veterinary Offices make available a Field Game Meat Examiner (GME) to be present during the harvest to inspect the game carcasses and monitor the field operation for compliance.
The harvesting team arrives at the holding and sets up a central field abattoir. The field abattoir is the area where evisceration and inspection of carcasses takes place. The equipment utilized at the field abattoir includes slaughter frames for hanging carcasses, sterilizing units, refrigeration (refrigerated vehicle),weighing equipment, hoists etc
The refrigerated vehicle is parked at the abattoir and the refrigeration unit temperature is set.
On arrival the Game meat examiner inspects all the equipment and documentation presented by the harvesting team to ensure all the criteria are met.
The reasons for night harvesting are various but mainly critical due to the following:
ii). HELICOPTER HARVESTING
During the harvesting process carcasses are continually brought in to the field abattoir.
Once the carcasses have been eviscerated, heads removed, feet removed; inspected,
tagged and weighed the carcasses are loaded into the refrigerated vehicle.
Each carcass together with the red offal is individually tagged with a unique number for
On completion of the harvest the refrigerated truck is sealed by the state appointed game meat examiner and the carcasses are transported to the registered cutting plant accompanied by the inspection document, which gives full details of the harvest.
inspector performs the following checks:
Agrees the seal numbers per the field inspection report with the seals on the refrigerated truck.
Checks that according to the field inspection report that harvesting took place according to the regulations VPN 9.
Checks the temperature of the carcasses on offloading (below 7ºC within 24 hours).
Checks the thermograph reading of the temperature loggers, which record the temperatures from start to completion of harvest to offloading at cutting plant.
Visually inspects carcasses for disease and contamination.
Carries out inspection of the red offal for any disease.