Australia’s world leading red meat integrity system will be enhanced and strengthened through significant upgrades to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program from 1 October 2017.
The changes are designed to ensure the Australian red meat and livestock industry maintains its global reputation as a world leader in food safety, integrity and traceability, giving producers the evidence to stand by what they sell.
The strengthening of LPA involves the introduction of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements, a regular online assessment and online learning modules to support producer understanding of their on-farm requirements.
Existing LPA-accredited producers don’t necessarily need to do anything immediately. They will be notified two months before their accreditation is due for renewal of what action they need to take.
Producers must complete the assessment to renew LPA accreditation every three years.
What do producers need to do:
→ Before 1 October 2017
complete online training through LPA Learning which has dedicated
modules for biosecurity and animal welfare, as well as all of the other
- develop a Farm Biosecurity Plan (download a
- learn more about the changes to LPA by reading the
→ From 1 October
- ensure that on-farm systems meet the new
- have a Farm Biosecurity Plan in place
- ensure on-farm handling of livestock is
consistent with the Australian
Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep or goats
- complete the assessment and pay the fee – when
LPA accreditation is due.
For more information regarding the changes to the LPA program, visit the MLA website.