What the changes mean for dairy farmers

Dairy farmer compliance with the new Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program requirements is simple, just register your dairy licence number.

LPA is the red meat industry’s on-farm assurance program, which safeguards Australia’s enviable status as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability. As dairy cattle are part of the red meat value chain, dairy farmers are encouraged to maintain LPA accreditation.

Under the changes, which came into effect on 1 October 2017, LPA has been expanded to include biosecurity and animal welfare requirements, and livestock producers must renew their accreditation every three years.

However, dairy farmers are exempt from the LPA Learning modules and the LPA accreditation fee as dairy industry quality assurance programs and licensing arrangements address food safety, traceability, biosecurity and animal welfare requirements.

“It’s not a complicated process for dairy farmers,” says Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) Acting President Terry Richardson.

“We’re in a fortunate position in that the dairy sector already has strong assurance protocols and programs in place that mean on-farm QA programs already meet stringent food safety, traceability biosecurity and animal requirements.”

Mr Richardson advised all dairy farmers to renew their accreditation as soon as possible by logging on to the LPA Service Centre and in doing so remove themselves from the LPA random audit pool.

“As dairy cattle are part of the red meat value chain, it’s our responsibility to fulfil our responsibilities under LPA. Renewing accreditation will do this.”

Licensed dairy farmers can complete the LPA reaccreditation by:

  1. Logging in to the LPA Service Centre (https://lpa.nlis.com.au/dairy)
  2. Input your Dairy Licence Number and select whether you are also running beef cattle
  3. If required update relevant LPA contact details
  4. Complete the short LPA assessment
  5. Complete your LPA declaration (including confirmation that you will notify LPA of any changes to the licence status of the dairy)
  6. Record whether any other species or enterprise types are being run on your property.

As dairy enterprises are exempt from the LPA random audit program, they do not have to pay the $60 (plus GST) accreditation fee that other red meat producers pay every three years.

Should dairy farmers choose not to renew accreditation immediately, they will remain in the LPA random audit pool. They will be contacted approximately two months before their three-yearly accreditation renewal is due.

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