Australian livestock producers care for their animals and are committed to animal welfare practices and this livestock care is fundamental to the success and sustainability of every farm.
Australia’s red meat customers, both domestically and overseas, seek reassurance that livestock are cared for humanely and ethically.
Under LPA, on-farm systems are implemented to ensure the management of livestock is consistent with the requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep and goats. This provides customers with the evidence that the animals have been treated ethically.
Animal welfare was included in the LPA program on 1 October 2017. LPA-accredited producers must ensure animal welfare requirements are fulfilled by following the Australia Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep and/or goats (as applicable).
Producer practices that contribute to improved animal welfare outcomes include:
Producers who have developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to Johne’s disease management do not need to complete another plan under the LPA program requirements.
The transporter must ensure that the loading of animals into stock crates adheres to appropriate penning density recommendations to minimise welfare risks.
Loading densities are determined according to body weight but should also consider the species and class, wool or hair length, weather conditions, expected transport time, size and body condition, horn status and design and capacity of the pen/crate.
Read more in Table four on page 17 of the ‘Is the animal fit to load’ guide.