KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — The Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS) and the Department of Livestock Development Thailand (DLD) have agreed to improve the technical procedures for importing cattle to meet the supply of sacrificial cattle in Malaysia.
DVS in a statement today said the mutual agreement would facilitate the importation of live cattle from Thailand such as providing options in disease-free certification of imported sources, including shortening the quarantine period in Malaysia to three days.
“Importers and breeders are advised to comply with the agreed veterinary health conditions based on the simplified technical procedures,” read the statement.
DVS advised all parties involved to obtain an interstate livestock transfer letter for monitoring purposes, as well as an external slaughter permit for the purpose of slaughtering cattle outside the slaughterhouse. The document can be applied for at the nearest state or district veterinary service office.
This is to allow veterinary service officers in the state or district to conduct monitoring and inspections to ensure that the livestock to be sacrificed is free of disease and infection and that the carcass or sacrificial meat is safe for consumption, it added.
In March, DVS and DLD reached an agreement on a protocol for the import of live cattle following the reauthorisation of the importation of live cattle from Thailand.