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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2014
30 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2014 INDUSTRY SYSTEMS & FOOD SAFETY Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) Now in its 10th year, LPA meets the stringent requirements of our export markets, providing an assurance of the safety of red meat grown on Australian farms. On-farm audits are conducted each year to ensure farm management standards are complying with LPA Rules and Standards. To reach full accreditation in LPA, producers agree to participate in these audits. AUS-MEAT Ltd. administers the LPA program on behalf of industry, and carries out all LPA audits. The LPA Program is associated with basic on-farm food safety guidelines, which underpin food safety declarations on the National Vendor Declaration (NVD). These guidelines are based upon five (5) key areas aimed at enabling producers to verify the claims made on LPA NVDs in relation to livestock being fit for human consumption. More information about the on-farm audit is available from the Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) (www.mla.com.au/lqs) or AUS-MEAT (www.ausmeat.com.au) websites. Alexander MacLachlan and Michael Craig represent the sheepmeat industry on the LPA Advisory Committee (LPAAC). The LPAAC is made up of representatives from key industry sectors including cattle, sheep, goat and dairy producers, processors and livestock agents. The Committee works to oversee changes to the LPA, so that the system continues to provide an assurance of the safety of red meat grown on Australian farms. LPA is Australia’s on-farm food safety certification program designed to help the red meat industry strengthen the food safety systems currently in place. National Vendor Declaration (NVD) The National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is crucial to market access for Australia’s red meat industries. NVDs underpin the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program, Australia’s red meat food safety guarantee to domestic and international customers. Alexander MacLachlan and Michael Craig represent sheepmeat producers on the SAFEMEAT NVD Management Committee, which oversees changes to NVD forms to ensure they remain relevant to changing market access needs. Failing to fulfil the obligations of accreditation poses a risk to your business, the Australian livestock industry and its international reputation. LPA accreditation ensures that livestock attract the most competition in the marketplace. Over the past 12 months SCA has worked with the NVD Management Committee and SAFEMEAT on a range of issues, particularly around market access issues related to Hormone Growth Promotants (HGPs) use. One of SCA’s priorities for the year ahead is working with MLA to prioritise the development of the StockDEC system, an easy-to-use fully electronic NVD system. Alexander MacLachlan SCA Director Alexander is a sheepmeat producer and Company Director for his family farming enterprises, incorporating a self replacing merino flock, prime lamb operation and a Poll Hereford herd across pastoral and high- rainfall properties in South Australia. Alexander has been a long-standing member of South Australian Farmers' Federation. Alexander has been a long-standing member of South Australian Farmers' Federation, serving on the Board since 2008. He has recently been appointed to the newly formed Livestock SA Board. Alexander is also currently a sheepmeat producer representative on the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group. Alexander represents sheepmeat producers on the NVD Management Committee and the Livestock Production Assurance Advisory Committee (LPAAC). Alexander MacLachlan -- SCA Director
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