Keep all compliances current
It is important that producers keep up to date on compliance issues.
The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) changes introduced on October 1, 2017 means renewing LPA accreditation can be a bit more in depth than before. The changes incorporate the biosecurity plan and animal welfare components of LPA’s accreditation.
Producers preparing to sell livestock, who haven’t renewed their accreditation recently, should check LPA accreditation status before selling. Most buyers will not purchase livestock that are not from a LPA accredited property so it makes good sense to ensure LPA accreditation is current. Producers can do this by logging onto their LPA account at http://www.lpa.nlis.com.au or calling LPA on 1800 683111.
Renewing LPA accreditation when it is due will also incur a fee of $66 for three years. This will enable producers to access free electronic national vendor declarations (eNVD). This is a national fee and completely separate to the Queensland issued Registered Biosecurity Entity fee that will be introduced on July 1, 2019 for current property identification codes (PICs).
LPA are encouraging producers to use the National Cattle Health Declarations (NCHD) when selling store cattle to share information about the health of the cattle being sold. This declaration is only as good as the information it contains, so filling it out as completely as possible is encouraged.
This includes information about cattle health treatments (drenches, tick treatments etc) in the past six months even if they are not in a withholding period or export slaughter interval. This information gives the purchaser knowledge about recent treatments so cattle are not over treated with the same product. The NCHD is also a useful tool for declaring the JBAS status of the PIC (at Question 6 – despite the word optional written there).
It is essential to remember it is not just the NCHD that is required – it is the information captured by the NCHD that is important to buyers. This information can be relayed to purchasers through software programs, with one software provider already issuing an update to include the NCHD answers on the Post Sale Summary reports for buyers. This cuts down on administration and paper consumption. Any option to streamline the declarations and reports we now have to use is worth investigating.
Another point to note is that the national vendor declaration (NVD) is still an essential component of the sale of livestock and should be a priority for vendors. NVDs must still be completed fully and accurately, including withholding periods and export slaughter intervals, as this is a food safety document. We do not need anything entering the food chain that shouldn’t be there.
With all of the attention on NCHDs recently the importance of the NVD may have been lost by some producers. We have experienced a lot of change in the past few months and the industry has done well to positively manage that change.