LPA accredited producers commit to carrying out specific on-farm practices to produce safe red meat that meets market expectations. LPA accreditation is also necessary to buy or use LPA NVDs. Without an LPA NVD, livestock may be rejected by a buyer or processor as most meat processors require livestock to be sourced from LPA accredited properties.
Share these resources with your clients to help them meet their LPA requirements:
Do your clients want to become LPA accredited or have they received a reminder to renew their LPA accreditation? These resources may help them complete their LPA accreditation or reaccreditation:
Producers must keep accurate farm records to demonstrate that their on-farm practices meet LPA requirements. LPA accreditation certifies that meat has been produced safely, ethically and meets biosecurity requirements – and producers must have the evidence to demonstrate this.
You can encourage your clients to keep good farm records for LPA, as well as records for any services you may provide. The LPA record keeping templates include all details that must be recorded on-farm to meet LPA requirements.
Keep in mind that the LPA record keeping templates are not compulsory to use. If there are opportunities to incorporate record keeping for LPA in resources you already provide your clients to keep track of production or property management data, you can do so to provide more valuable support to your clients. As long as the required information for LPA is recorded and can be easily accessed in the event of an LPA audit, producers are free to choose the record keeping method that works best for them.
All LPA accredited producers – from large scale operators to hobby farmers – may be audited to check how records are maintained and how food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare management is being carried out on-farm. Help your clients be prepared by sharing the resources below:
Do your clients need help navigating the NLIS database? ISC has a series of NLIS how-to guides that can help.
It is the producer’s responsibility to make sure all livestock transfers onto their property have been completed in the NLIS database. This article explains how to log in or sign up to create an NLIS account if your client needs help with accessing NLIS.
It is also the producer’s responsibility to ensure all animal leaving a PIC have an NLIS accredited device fitted to them unless an exemption or permit applies. This webpage can provide your client with advice on tagging requirements for sheep, cattle and goats.
NLIS requirements vary between each state or territory, as the NLIS system is underpinned by state and territory legislation. Encourage your clients to contact their state or territory authority to check the specific requirements for their region.
For practical tips on filling in NVDs so they are clear, correct and complete, offer your clients the following resources:
eNVD is the fast, easy system for completing all livestock consignment forms digitally. Help your clients start using the eNVD system and save time when dispatching livestock with the help of the following resources:
A tip for your clients: users will receive a $30 discount on their LPA accreditation or reaccreditation fees if they choose to use the eNVD system to complete their NVDs.
LPA National Vendor Declarations (NVDs), a legal document which links traceability to on-farm assurance to certify the food safety of Australian red meat as it is transferred through the value chain.
Property Identification Codes (PICs), which every livestock producing property must have to be registered with LPA or NLIS.
Farm record keeping, which is essential to ensure traceability and guarantee food safety.