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Alexandra Bunton

Senior Policy Analyst - Livestock
Ph: (02) 9478-1020
Email: buntona@nswfarmers.org.au 

Kiara Drinan

Policy Analyst - Livestock
Ph: (02) 9478-1076
Email: drinank@nswfarmers.org.au

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Livestock Production Assurance Changes

A number of upgrades to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program have been announced. NSW Farmers is committed to explaining the changes and ensuring producers are prepared for their introduction. 

From the 1st October 2017:

  • Two new modules will be added to LPA: biosecurity and animal welfare.
  • LPA-accredited producers will be required to renew their LPA accreditation every three years through an assessment. Online learning modules will be available to help producers to understand their obligations and prepare for the assessment. 
  • Producers will be required to pay a $60 (plus GST) fee every three years. 
  • A free electronic LPA National Vendor Declaration (LPA eNVD) will be available.  

What do producers need to do? 

Before 1 October, LPA-accredited producers need to: 

  • Familiarise themselves with the new biosecurity and animal welfare requirements. From July learning modules will be available to assist producers in understanding the new modules.
  • Ensure their on-farm systems meet these new program requirements.
From 1 October, LPA- accredited producers need to:
  • Complete the assessment and pay the $60 (plus GST) fee, when their three- yearly accreditation is due.

Producers will be contacted approximately two months before their LPA accreditation is due and given instructions for working through the new process online. For some producers, this will not happen until 2019.

New LPA Modules 

All LPA accredited producers will need to comply with the requirements of the new biosecurity and animal welfare modules. From July 2017 learning modules will be released to assist producers in understanding these changes. 

Biosecurity module

From 1 October 2017 the LPA Biosecurity Module will require all LPA accredited producers to have a Farm Biosecurity Plan to: 

  • Minimise the risk of introducing and spreading infectious diseases on their properties. 
  • 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 Statement (or equivalent).

Completing a comprehensive biosecurity plan will fulfill the requirements for the LPA biosecurity module.  The Farm Biosecurity Plan template is a guide to identifying risks. There will be questions and procedures that will not be applicable to all producers. Producers need to complete the plan as it is relevant to their property. 

Those beef cattle producers that have completed a Farm Biosecurity Plan through the J-BAS can use that Plan to meet LPA program requirements. 

A fact sheet on LPA biosecurity requirements is available here.

The Farm Biosecurity Plan template is available as a PDF or word document. 

Animal Welfare Module

From 1 October 2017 the LPA Animal Welfare Module will require all LPA accredited producers to be able to demonstrate that their on-farm systems are consistent with the requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards & Guidelines (S&Gs).  This can be achieved by ensuring:

  • A current copy of the S&Gs for cattle, sheep and/or goats (as applicable) shall be accessible as a reference and those with husbandry of livestock are familiar with the content.
  • Persons responsible for the management of livestock handling have successfully completed training in relation to the S&Gs through LPA Learning or equivalent training. Successful completion of the LPA Learning module will enable a certificate to be printed as evidence.
  • Persons responsible for the management of livestock handling have trained their staff (where relevant) in a manner consistent with the S&Gs.

Download a copy of the S&Gs for cattle, sheep and/or goats (as applicable).

 A fact sheet on LPA animal welfare requirements is available here.

Assessment and Accreditation 

From October 2017, producers will be required to renew their LPA accreditation once every 3 years, and this will require completion of a short assessment. Producers will need to answer all questions correctly to have their LPA accreditation renewed. To prepare for the assessment, learning modules have been prepared to ensure that producers understand all the requirements of the program. 

New animal welfare and biosecurity learning modules will become part of the LPA assessment from October 2017. These are available online but also in hard-copy, for those producers who cannot access the LPA learning outline, at a cost of $20 plus GST.

Renewing the accreditation of LPA producers will be a gradual process over a number of years. When a producer is due for reaccreditation they will be contacted approximately two months before their LPA accreditation renewal is due and given instructions for working through the new process online. 

Accreditation Fee

The fee will be $60 (plus GST) over a three year period. It will be a flat fee based on individual Property Identification Codes (PIC) and will be due every time a producer reaccredits (every three years).  Where there are multiple LPA accredited producers operating on a single PIC, each accredited producer will be charged the fee. LPA eNVDs will be available free of charge to accredited producers.

The fee will be collected once every three years upon completion of the assessment, either via online payment or over the phone through the LPA Helpdesk (call 1800 683 111).

Without payment and completion of the online assessment the producer will be no longer LPA accredited. If they are not accredited under the LPA program, they will no longer have access to the LPA NVD that carries the LPA logo, and supply chains may not accept their livestock, or may pay a reduced price for it. Paying the fee is part of the LPA accreditation process.

Electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD)

The LPA changes have been launched to coincide with the further roll out of eNVD, giving producers the option to replace their NVD books with a free automated online system. Paper NVD books and eDECs will still be available for purchase.

Further information about eNVDs, paper NVDs, and the eDEC is available here.

Producers in NSW that choose to use an eNVD product need to be aware that there are certain documentation requirements under NSW legislation that need to be met. 

Under the Local Land Services Act 2013, transporters must carry an approved Transported Stock Statement and be able to provide police with consignment details upon request. In areas without or with poor internet connectivity, there is the potential that the eNVD may not be immediately accessible.

NSW Farmers urges members to be aware of their responsibilities for transporting stock, and to provide transporters with a printed copy of the eNVD. Producers may also wish to ask the receiver if they want a printed copy.

Changes to BJD management in NSW

Important: From the 1 July 2017 the default position is that herds in NSW will revert to a J-BAS 6 rather than zero, if no biosecurity plan is in place.

NSW has implemented a new approach to managing Bovine Johne’s Disease (JD). The new approach focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risk, rather than controlling the disease through regulation and quarantine.  

The Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) is a new voluntary risk profiling tool for beef cattle only. The J-BAS is designed to assist cattle producers to assess the risk of bringing BJD into their herd and to seek information about the health status of cattle. 

Some states (Western Australia and Northern Territory) have legislated minimum entry requirements for cattle.  Producers from NSW that sell or move cattle into WA then need to attain a J-BAS of 8 and NT requires a J-BAS 6. The other states and territories do not require a J-BAS score for entry. For more information on state border controls for JD, click here.  

J-BAS Requirements 

J-BAS 6

  • Complete a biosecurity plan, with no vet signature or oversight required.
  • Biosecurity plan to be held on-farm.
  • Required level for entry into NT.

J-BAS 7

  • No clinical cases for at least 5 years.
  • Complete and implement a biosecurity, overseen by private vet with annual review.
  • Conduct the first Triennial Check Test (up to 50 head) by the 30 June 2018, with negative results.
  • Ongoing triennial check test.

J-BAS 8

  • No clinical cases for at least 5 years
  • Complete and implement a biosecurity plan, overseen by private vet with annual review
  • Two negative sample tests (up to 300 head), two years apart.
  • Conduct the first Triennial Check Test (up to 50 head) 30 June 2018, with negative results. 
  • Minimum requirement for entry into WA. Check test is also required annually to enter WA.

J-BAS 0

  • Described as “suspect, infected or unknown” in relation to BJD 
An infected herd that has removed all clinical cases and has implemented a biosecurity plan will receive a J-BAS score of 2. A score of 4 requires no confirmed clinical cases for at least 2 years and removal of high-risk animals. 

Farm Biosecurity Plan template is available as a PDF or word document. 

For more information on the testing requirement please refer to the Johne’s Disease in Cattle Definitions and Guidelines.

Cattle Health Declaration (replaces the Cattle Health Statement)

   

 

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