Biosecurity & LPA Changes

The strengthening of LPA was developed by the red meat industry and will launch on 1 October 2017. It involves the introduction of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements, a regular online assessment and online learning modules to support producer understanding of their on-farm requirements.

The changes are designed to ensure the Australian red meat and livestock industry maintains its global reputation as a world leader in food safety, integrity and traceability, giving producers the evidence to stand by what they sell.

From 1 October 2017, every LPA-accredited producer will need to have a Farm Biosecurity Plan in place. You can download a template from the Animal Health Australia website.

The Farm Biosecurity Plan should demonstrate that you:

  • minimise the risk of introducing and spreading infectious diseases on your property
  • manage and record the introduction and movement of livestock
  • control and record people, equipment and vehicles entering the property, where practical and reasonable
  • control and regularly monitor livestock health on farm
  • ensure all livestock movements between owners are accompanied by an Animal Health Declaration (or equivalent)

A specific LPA Learning module is also available to guide you through the new on-farm biosecurity requirements.

If you have a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of your approach to Johne’s disease (JD) management, this plan will meet the LPA requirement. There is no need to develop a separate plan.

Producers can access background information on all aspects of Australia’s red meat integrity system at the Integrity Hub, www.mla.com.au/integrity. It includes information on the LPA program, the National Livestock Identification System, LPA Learning and producer resources.

Also, some FAQ and further information can be found by clicking here.

Related information and templates:

timeline for implementation