FAQ’s – Natural disasters & LPA

How do I still comply with LPA if my property is flooded?

The LPA program is a risk mitigation tool for producers to minimise food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare issues associated with livestock that may enter the supply chain. If you continue to manage your property in accordance with the LPA Rules & Standards then there will be no issues with your LPA accreditation. You may need to review your property risk assessment, biosecurity plan and refresh on best practice animal welfare management to identify any areas of risk that have arisen as a result of the flooding, and take action to mitigate those risks.

How do I manage my biosecurity risk after flooding?

Biosecurity risks during and after floods can include spread of pests and disease. Further information on key risks can be found here.

For LPA, it is recommended you review and update your biosecurity plan and if required, update to include the risks associated with floods.  If you are introducing feedstuff onto your property, then make sure that all introduced feed is recorded, and make a record of which livestock have been fed introduced feed.

Will I still be LPA accredited after the water subsides?

Yes, this will not affect your accreditation with the program.

What information do I need to record during and after the flood to comply with LPA?

LPA requirements for recording information during and after floods remains the same for complying with LPA. Information on this can be found here.

How do I manage my stock numbers on the NLIS database if they have moved to another property during the flood?

Once you have been able to muster stock and retrieve them from neighbouring properties, you can scan all animals and reconcile those on the NLIS Database by clicking here to upload the individual RFID numbers.

How do I comply with LPA/NLIS with all my animals spread across neighbouring properties?  

If livestock have spread to neighbouring properties you should consider any risks around pest, disease and biosecurity for your own property when you bring them home. LPA’s Farm Biosecurity Plan template outlines a number of recommended practices for you to consider when returning livestock to your property. You can use the NLIS Database to reconcile your livestock numbers and  update the number of head that are residing on your property.

How do I let the NLIS database know which animals I still have on my property?

You can reconcile all animals that are on your PIC, by scanning and uploading active animals that are currently on your PIC to the database.

While it is not a mandatory requirement, you can also notify the database of any animals that have died on your property.

I had an LPA audit scheduled in the coming months. Can I defer the audit?

Where LPA audits have been scheduled in the affected region, LPA’s auditors will work with those producers to reschedule these audits to an appropriate time in the future.

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