Livestock producers must:
All introduced stock feeds should be accompanied by a Commodity Vendor Declaration (CVD) to guarantee that the feed purchased is safe from chemical contamination.
The CVD needs to provide details of:
In the absence of a CVD you need to assess the risk (and keep a record of same). Alternatively, you can have a sample tested for residues.
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