After many years and different sample submission types we have found the following the best option. Please follow these instructions closely.
Please note: if using barcodes we do not accept thermal shopping docket style barcodes, as these are not reliable enough with the risk of moisture damage. Stick on Barcodes are ideal.
Equipment: Sandwich Bags ie the full sized ones, readily available for purchase from supermarket in boxes of 100 or more, make sure you have enough prior to starting job. Barcode equipment with stick-on labels. Or several sharpie texta’s – its vital numbers are written clearly, in the same spot and orientation on the bag ( towards the top right is ideal) so there is no confusion whether a number is 69 or 96 and so on!!
Take individual samples from rectum of animal.
Place sample in bag and ensure tag number is clearly either stuck on if bar coded or marked towards the top right side of the bag. (above the sample) Ideally this is an operation for at least two but preferably more people one sampling the other clearly writing or sticking the tag numbers on the bag!
If operators change during the job please ensure the same system is explained so the tag numbers are written or placed in the same place etc.
Keep outside of bags dry. Place into posing box and seal well. Post the same day as collection if you can make that days mail.