LPA Learning has expanded its online education tool for Australian red meat producers, including content covering biosecurity and animal welfare practices for the first time.
The new modules are designed to complement existing learning modules covering on-farm food safety practices.
The expansion supports producers in meeting the new biosecurity and animal welfare practices that will become part of the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program from October 1.
From this date producers renewing their LPA accreditation will also be required to undertake an assessment to test their knowledge of the practices required under LPA.
Accreditation delivers a number of benefits to producers, including the opportunity to sell livestock into export markets and ensure their on-farm practices meet Australian and international expectations surrounding meat safety, biosecurity and animal welfare.
Integrity Systems Company, which manages the LPA program, chief executive officer Jane Weatherley said the expanded online tools would allow farmers to build their knowledge prior to the assessment.
‘‘Producers should pay particular attention to the modules which cover the new biosecurity and animal welfare aspects of LPA,’’ Dr Weatherley said.
‘‘This will enable them to maintain their accreditation when their renewal is due, once every three years.’’
Red meat producers seeking accreditation for the first time must work through all seven LPA learning models and correctly answer the assessment questions.
Existing LPA accredited producers have the option of completing the full course as a knowledge refresher.
The full LPA learning course can be completed in one hour.
■LPA Learning can be accessed at: www.mla.com.au/LPALearning