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Most producers switch to current version of LPA NVD, well ahead of next month’s deadline

Beef Central, 15/10/2015

RED meat producers across the country are taking responsibility for protecting the reputation of the food they produce by switching to the current version of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration (LPA NVD).

Hard copy NVDs like this example could start to be replaced by an electronic version before mid-year

Only the current version of the LPA NVD – version 0413 – will be accepted from this time next month (16 November) for movements of LPA accredited livestock, including property-to-property, through saleyards, direct to processors, feedlots, and to the live export trade.

The LPA NVD is the main document behind Australia’s reputation as a reliable supplier to domestic and international markets. When producers tick the box on the LPA NVD, they guarantee their on-farm practices meet LPA requirements and customer expectations.

With 54pc of lamb, 97pc of sheepmeat, 70pc of beef and 95pc of goatmeat being exported, SafeMeat’s decision to phase-out all versions other than those labelled 0413 has been driven by expectations from international markets.

The LPA NVD assures processors that the livestock meets market requirements.

Cattle Council of Australia boardmember, Peter Hall, said producer uptake of the most current version of the LPA NVD had been strong.

“Almost 80 percent of producers are using the most current version of the LPA NVD. Producers have shown a real understanding of the importance of the LPA NVD to our red meat industry,” he said.

“LPA NVDs are integral to Australia’s market access. We remind those producers who do not have the current version to ensure they purchase it for any stock transfers they intend to make after 16 November.”

Stock agents have reported little disruption to the flow of livestock through saleyards as a result of the phase out, with most producers using the current version.

Sheepmeat Council of Australia Chairman, Jeff Murray, congratulated livestock producers for their adoption of the most current version and their understanding of just how important the LPA NVD is to Australia’s ability to sell safe meat with confidence.

Mr Murray reminded all livestock producers (sheep, lambs, goats and cattle) to ensure they had the latest version, which can be purchased at http://lpa.ausmeat.com.au

David Larkin, chairman of the Australian Meat Industry Council’s Processor Council, said the whole-of-industry decision to adopt a uniform LPA NVD would make it easier for saleyard, feedlot and processor operators to collate NVD data into their various software systems and will deliver greater data integrity.

A key win for producers is that they no longer need to write the terms ‘Saudi eligible’ or ‘Russia eligible’ as the latest version has been updated to remove the need for country eligibility statements – while still enabling access to those markets.

All LPA accredited producers have been provided with information on how to purchase the current LPA NVDs if they are not already using them.

Producers can order a new hard-copy LPA NVD booklet online ($40 inc GST) or alternatively use electronic NVDs (eDECs) which can be purchased from $5.23 (inc GST) for five forms via http://lpa.ausmeat.com.au

Those who are using the current version of the LPA NVD (0413) do not need to do anything.

For more information visit www.mla.com.au/lpa

 

Background

The decision to phase out all but the current LPA NVD (version 0413) has been driven by industry through SafeMeat – a partnership between the red meat and livestock industry, including peak industry bodies, and the state and federal governments of Australia.

Producers were informed of the decision by email or post from 3 September. Those producers who are not using the current version of the LPA NVD were provided with details on how to purchase the current version.

The SafeMeat partnership ensures that Australian red meat and livestock products achieve the highest standards of safety and hygiene from the farm to the consumer.

The content of the LPA NVD is agreed by SafeMeat through its LPA NVD management committee.

The LPA NVD version number can be found in the top left corner of each form (see example below).

NVD form

The version number is a letter (representing the livestock type) followed by a four digit code (representing the month and year the content was agreed by SafeMeat). For example, the correct version for cattle is C0413.

 

Source: SafeMeat

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