What do the changes mean for lot feeders and LPA QA

If you run a business which holds National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) accreditation or is part of the Livestock Production Assurance Quality Assurance (LPA QA) program including Cattlecare and Flockcare you are urged to familiarise yourself with the three key changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program which took effect from October 1.

Designed to build a more robust integrity system and strengthen Australia’s promise to customers worldwide, the changes introduced biosecurity and animal welfare into the LPA program. The new biosecurity requirements ensure on-farm systems are implemented to minimise the risks of introduction of infectious disease to livestock production properties and the risks of spreading disease. Animal welfare requirements ensure the handling of livestock is consistent with the requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.

In addition, LPA QA accredited producers and NFAS accredited lot feeders, now need to complete a short online assessment when renewing their accreditation, every three years.

Through this strengthened accreditation process, producers and lot feeders will better understand their on-farm responsibilities and the crucial role they play in driving the growth and prosperity of our industry.

While the changes also include a new LPA funding model, with producers needing to pay $60 (plus GST) for LPA accreditation, LPA QA accredited producers and lot feeders who are NFAS accredited will not be required to pay this fee because they are excluded from the LPA random audit program.

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