Put biose­cu­rity plan in place

Countryman - - WOOL -

Live­stock pro­duc­ers are re­minded new re­quire­ments for on-farm biose­cu­rity plans have come into ef­fect.

From Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, two new sec­tions were in­tro­duced un­der the Live­stock Pro­duc­tion As­sur­ance Pro­gram, one for an­i­mal wel­fare prac­tices and one for on-farm biose­cu­rity.

WAFarm­ers Live­stock ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kim Hay­wood said while the com­ple­tion of the seven LPA Learn­ing sec­tions was not com­pul­sory, it would be highly ad­vis­able for pro­duc­ers to strengthen their un­der­stand­ing.

“For pro­duc­ers to achieve LPA ac­cred­i­ta­tion, they are strongly en­cour­aged to com­plete the seven LPA Learn­ing sec­tions be­fore at­tempt­ing to an­swer the ques­tions as part of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process, as they need to an­swer all ques­tions cor­rectly to be suc­cess­ful,” she said.

“For a small fee of $66, you can strengthen your biose­cu­rity po­si­tion and en­sure your prop­erty is com­pli­ant with biose­cu­rity stan­dards, as re­newal of ac­cred­i­ta­tion will only be re­quired ev­ery three years.

“WAFarm­ers has re­cently learned that cor­rec­tive ac­tions for non-com­pli­ance mat­ters will not be en­forced un­til the mid­dle of 2018, as op­posed to Jan­uary 1, 2018.

“What will oc­cur from Jan­uary next year, how­ever, will be the re­ceival of a pack­age of in­for­ma­tion from MLA to help guide pro­duc­ers through the en­tire process from LPA Learn­ing to ac­cred­i­ta­tion.”

As a re­quire­ment of the new biose­cu­rity sec­tion for LPA, each prop­erty must have an on-farm biose­cu­rity plan in place.

“Not only is the LPA On-Farm Biose­cu­rity Plan tem­plate very easy to com­plete and is only four pages long, but you do not need your vet to sign the doc­u­ment, so there should be no dif­fi­cul­ties in com­plet­ing the plan by the mid­dle of next year,” Ms Hay­wood said.

“Com­plet­ing the plan will also en­sure that pro­duc­ers are bet­ter pre­pared for biose­cu­rity changes re­gard­ing Bovine Johne’s dis­ease in July next year.”

WAFarm­ers ad­vised dairy farm­ers were ex­empt from pay­ing the $66 LPA ac­cred­i­ta­tion fee.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email Kim Hay­wood at kimhay­wood@wafarm­ers. org.au or phone (08) 9486 2100.

The LPA On-Farm Biose­cu­rity Plan tem­plate can be found on wafarm­ers.org.au/live­stock.

The LPA Learn­ing sec­tions can be ac­cessed at mla.com.au/meat-safetyand-trace­abil­ity/red-meat-in­tegri­tysys­tem/about-the-live­stock­pro­duc­tion-as­sur­ance-pro­gram/ lpa-learn­ing.

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