Meat and Livestock Australia reminds producers that from October this year they will need to renew their Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation every three years.
In an article in its July-August Feedback magazine, it said producers would be notified by email or post and would have two months to complete an online assessment of their understanding of the on-farm LPA requirements. It is expected all producers would complete the process by 2020.
Other changes include the introduction of LPA learning, an online education tool to help producers prepare for assessment and accelerated roll-out of electronic national vendor declarations.
These are in addition to the integration of animal welfare and biosecurity modules. The roll-out will also include a $60 fee per each property identification code, paid every three years for producers to remain LPA accredited.
MLA said this was to support the program’s continual improvement and meet increasing customer expectations. Integrity Systems Company chief executive officer, Dr Jane Weatherly, said the changes and decision to implement the funding model was driven by the industry’s peak councils.
“These enhancements are important to strengthen our promise to consumers and stay ahead of our competitors.”
As featured in Rural Life magazine