Animal welfare & LPA

The Australian red meat industry is strongly committed to animal welfare practices and how livestock are cared for. Together with the red meat industry, MLA has implemented a range of programs and initiatives to address animal welfare concerns.
Australian red meat producers are aware of their responsibilities for their animals’ welfare. Livestock care is fundamental to the success and sustainability of every farm.

When did animal welfare become part of LPA?

Since 1 October 2017, animal welfare and biosecurity have been included in the LPA program. Every LPA-accredited producer must ensure animal welfare requirements are fulfilled by following the Australia Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep and/or goats (as applicable).

Customers increasingly expect and ask for evidence of ethical production from Australian livestock producers. Producer commitment to animal welfare is important to customers. Integrating animal welfare into LPA strengthens the promise made to customers that Australian red meat is produced ethically.

Animal welfare practices are auditable and are part of the accredition assessment process.

What are the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines?

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines cover producers’ responsibilities and set out animals’ needs in relation to feed and water; risk management in extreme weather, natural disasters, disease, injury and predation; facilities and equipment; handling and management/ husbandry; breeding management; and humane killing.

For cattle, the Standards and Guidelines also cover castration, dehorning and spaying; calf rearing systems; dairy management; and beef feedlots. For sheep, additional chapters address tail docking and castration; mulesing; and intensive sheep production systems. The Standards and Guidelines for goats cover both dairy management and intensive goat production systems.

What do producers need to do on farm to meet LPA animal welfare requirements? 

Under LPA, on-farm systems must be implemented to ensure the handling of livestock is consistent with the requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep and goats (as applicable).

There is a checklist of activities that can assist producers in meeting the animal welfare requirements of LPA

Producers must keep a current copy of the Standards and Guidelines accessible as a reference and that all people involved in livestock husbandry on their property are familiar with its content.

People responsible for the management of livestock handling on your property must have been trained in these Standards and Guidelines through the LPA Learning tool or an approved equivalent. Livestock handling managers must in turn train their staff (where relevant) in a way that is consistent with the Standards and Guidelines.

  1. A copy of the current version of the Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep and/or goats (as applicable) is accessible as a reference
  2. The PIC representative or persons responsible for the handling of livestock have successfully completed training in relation to the Standards and Guidelines through the LPA eLearning Tool or equivalent training
  3. The staff involved in animal husbandry are familiar with the content of the current version of the Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep and/or goats (as applicable)
  4. Any other procedures or practices that contribute to improved animal welfare outcomes

Note: Animal Welfare Standards (being part of the Standards and Guidelines) will be law or equivalent in each State and Territory.

 Tools and Resources

Animal welfare fact sheet, including checklist
Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle
Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep
Australian Industry Standards and Guidelines for Goats



Join myMLA today

One username and password for key integrity and information Systems (LPA/NVD, NLIS, MSA & LDL).

A personalised online dashboard that provides news, weather, events and R&D tools relevant to you.

Customised market information and analysis.

Learn more about myMLA

myMLA Sign Up

Already registered for myMLA?

Sign in here