Stock foods, fodder crops, grain and pasture treatments

How can producers meet this LPA requirement?

To comply with the requirements of safe animal feed, livestock owners must:

  • Keep records of your agricultural chemical treatments
  • Introduce management systems to identify livestock that may have become contaminated and to map or list treated or contaminated areas
  • File Commodity Vendor Declarations (CVD) that accompany all introduced stock feeds
  • Review and complete the fodder crop, grain and pasture treatments and stock food checklist. 

Why do we need safe livestock feed practices?

As a livestock producer you must guarantee that animals are not exposed to foods containing chemical contamination or fed animal products.

Livestock exposed to contaminated food may contain high chemical residues at the time of slaughter, compromising food safety and harming the reputation of Australian red meat. To ensure we meet customer expectations, livestock owners must undertake safe livestock feed practices, including:

  • Minimising livestock exposure to feeds containing unacceptable chemical residues
  • Guaranteeing livestock are not fed Restricted Animal Material (RAM). 

Repercussions for non-compliance may include failure to be paid for the livestock, and possible legal liability for the resulting cost faced by processors and the rest of the supply chain.

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FAQs

RAM includes meat, meat and bone meal, blood meal, blood and bone meal, dog biscuits, poultry offal meal, feather meal, fishmeal or any other animal meals or manures to livestock.

The feeding of RAM to ruminant animals has been linked to the spread of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE – also known as mad cow disease) in countries afflicted by BSE. Livestock should not be fed such products.

To minimise the risk of contaminating our meat supply, it is important to keep and store products that may contain RAM separately and securely from feed that will be fed to ruminant livestock.

Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accredited producers are now able to feed their livestock cotton trash or use cotton trash as mulch under a strict protocol developed by industry.

For more information on this program, click here.

Through the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Public Chemical Registration Information System Search: https://portal.apvma.gov.au/pubcris

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