Integrity Matters




Integrity Matters
 
Welcome to the second edition of Integrity Matters – the e-bulletin that keeps producers informed about the Australian red meat integrity system. In this edition we are focusing on sharing important information about upcoming changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program.

The changes to the LPA program stem from the most recent industry SAFEMEAT Initiatives Review. This involved considerable consultation with the red meat industry on key changes required to strengthen our integrity systems. The changes being implemented on October 1 2017 include:​​​​​​​

  • on-farm biosecurity and animal welfare practices will be included in the LPA program
  • new online learning modules are available to upskill producers
  • further roll out of an electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system for producer ease and improved traceability
  • producers will pay a $60 (+GST) accreditation fee once every three years to ensure financial security of the LPA progam
  • to become LPA accredited or to renew accreditation, producers will need to complete a regular assessment to support their understanding of program requirements.
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These changes are designed to ensure you can have access to the maximum number of markets for your livestock, and will give you the evidence to stand by what you sell.

​​​​​​​Below you will find more information to help you understand what you need to do on-farm to meet the new LPA requirements. We ask you to read this information carefully. It’s critical that you understand your responsibilities and the integral part you play in promoting and protecting our industry’s reputation.

If you’re seeking additional information or have questions, please visit the Integrity Hub, contact us at lpa@mla.com.au, or phone the hotline on 1800 683 111. 


Dr Jane Weatherley
Chief Executive Officer
Integrity Systems Company
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strengthening Australia's red meat integrity system
 
Watch a short video explaining the changes to the LPA program and what this means for your business.
 
Watch here
 
 
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Meet biosecurity requirements
 
Every LPA-accredited producer will need to have a Farm Biosecurity Plan in place. You can download a template here.
 
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Read more
 
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Meet animal welfare requirements 
 
LPA-accredited producers will need to demonstrate that their on-farm handling of livestock is consistent with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattlesheep or goats.
 
Read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
Remain LPA accredited
 
Producers will be required to renew their LPA accreditation every three years.To do this, they will need to complete an assessment and pay a fee and will be notified when this is due. 
 
Read more
 
 
 
LPA Learning 
 
LPA Learning is an online course which explains on-farm practices producers must implement to meet LPA requirements. Now updated with new modules on biosecurity and animal welfare.   
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Read more
 
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Six steps to a biosecurity plan
 
Devise an on-farm biosecurity plan to meet Johne's disease (JD) and Livestock Production Assurance obligations by following this step-by-step video from Animal Health Australia.
 
Watch here
 
 
 
 
 
 
What do producers need to do: Quick links
 
Before 1 October 
  • become familiar with the new biosecurity and animal welfare requirements. You can complete online training through LPA Learning which has dedicated modules for biosecurity and animal welfare, as well as all of the other LPA elements 
  • develop your Farm Biosecurity Plan (download a template here)
  • learn more about the changes to LPA by reading the FAQs here  ​​​​​​​
​​​​​​From 1 October
  • ensure that your on-farm systems meet the new requirements 
  • have your Farm Biosecurity Plan in place
  • ensure your on-farm handling of livestock is consistent with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattlesheep or goats 
  • complete the assessment and pay the fee – when your accreditation is due.
 
Author: MLA