LPA SYSTEM ENHANCEMENTS AND CHANGES:
Some important changes being introduced to enhance and strengthen the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program.
Coming into effect on 1 October 2017, the changes will help to further safeguard Australia’s enviable status as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability.
From 1 October 2017:
1. Two new modules will become requirements of LPA accreditation: on-farm biosecurity and animal welfare practices.
2. LPA-accredited producers will need to renew LPA accreditation every three years.
As part of this, producers will need to complete an assessment and pay a $60 (plus GST) fee every three years.
3. Online learning modules will be available to help producers understand their obligations.
4. A free electronic LPA National Vendor Declaration (LPA eNVD) will be available.
The changes are designed to ensure Australian red meat maintains its global reputation and stays ahead of its competitors.
They will ensure our integrity system continues to meet customer expectations, and will give producers the evidence to stand by what they sell.
LPA changes ensure producers can stand by what they sell.
See letter from Dr Jane Weatherley, CEO, Integrity Systems Company. CLICK HERE.
Updated: 22nd June,2017
To All Producers
Please Hit Ctrl and click on the below link to read about the 3 month extension on JBAS implementation in Queensland
*** 3 month extension of the below mentioned implementation of the JBAS**
***Negotiated by Ag Force.***
***Now September 30, 2017.***
To All Cattle Producers
The Queensland Government has deregulated the State-wide monitoring programme for Johne’s Disease. It has been replaced by a self-assessment scheme called Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS).
As part of this new programme, every farm must have an active Biosecurity Plan to be implemented by 30th June, 2017. JBAS is an industry managed program. It is market driven and is voluntary, but if you do not participate, it may eventually reduce competition on your livestock.
The background of what has occurred is that Western Australia has set the benchmark at JBAS 7 to enter the state with cattle, the Northern Territory has their JBAS score at 6 to enter the state, Queensland has no such entry requirements.
If a buyer buys store cattle with the intention of sending them on to the Northern Territory, he must be a JBAS 6 and only buy cattle from people with a JBAS 6 or JBAS 7 herd. If you have a lower JBAS number, he cannot purchase your livestock.
We are all JBAS 7 until 30th June, 2017.
To remain JBAS 7, you need to have an On Farm Biosecurity Plan (see link below) and have it approved by a Vet. You have twelve months from July 1st to do a check test of your herd. This involves testing 50 head of livestock as selected by your vet once every three years.
You will need to complete an on Farm Biosecurity Plan and keep on file as your record. You do not require a vet to view it and you do not require any testing of your herd.
If you have agistment cattle on your property, you need to ensure that their JBAS score is equal to yours or better. If you are agisting cattle on someone’s property, the same applies.
For more information on JD in cattle and the JBAS is available from:
Animal Health Australia – https://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/jd-cattle-tools/
Farm Biosecurity Project – www.farmbiosecurity.com.au
Biosecurity Plan CLICK HERE
Print out and complete the Biosecurity Plan and store it on Farm, that way you are JBAS 6. If you are not a stud, that is all you need to do.
Pratt Agencies Pty Ltd