The LPA On-Farm Quality Assurance (QA) program, incorporating
the Cattlecare and Flockcare programs represents the second tier
(Level 2) of the LPA framework.
What is Quality Assurance?
Quality assurance means being able to assure customers that you
can produce a quality product to meet their specifications the same
way every time. It is the customers who define quality.
A quality assurance system involves:
· putting in place documented procedures which identify the
methods for carrying out each key production task;
· recording the results of those actions;
· checking that the results conform to expectations; and
· implementing corrective and preventive actions on all
identified problems, to stop identified problems occurring
Once a business starts down the quality assurance pathway, it is
logical that they will want the assurance that their suppliers also
have in place systems to ensure the quality and consistency of
In terms of the red meat industry, livestock producers are those
suppliers, with customers requiring the assurance that the food
products that we supply are produced under a quality assured
The Standards that underpin the LPA On-Farm Quality Assurance
(LPA QA) program are based on risk management and HACCP (Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Points) principles. The LPA QA Standards
have been developed to provide a framework for producers to be able
to readily adopt quality assurance systems on their properties.
The Cattlecare and Flockcare
logos and the quality systems that they represent are widely
Integral to all quality assurance programs is an auditing
component. Through the audit and accreditation process, producers
can demonstrate with confidence to domestic and overseas customers
that the quality systems they have introduced on-farm meet the
stringent quality standards represented by the Cattlecare and
Ultimately, customers purchasing LPA QA accredited livestock
under either the Cattlecare and/or Flockcare logos have the
confidence that the product will meet their requirements.
Note: Livestock producers have to be fully
LPA Level 1 (or Food Safety Management) to
participate in LPA QA.
The Cattlecare and Flockcare programs were initially developed
by the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and the Sheepmeat Council
of Australia (SCA). Since the introduction of the LPA Food Safety
program, Cattlecare and Flockcare have been incorporated into the
grass fed industry's LPA QA program.
Consistent with this change is that the LPA QA program is
managed by the LPA Advisory Committee (LPAAC), being the same
Committee that is responsible for management of the LPA Food Safety
Following a strategic review of the LPA On-Farm Quality
Assurance (LPA QA) program, it was identified that the delivery of
a more flexible on-farm quality assurance framework may assist
producers in responding to market demands through the
implementation of a QA system that better meets their specific
During 2010, a new initiative called AgriSure was developed based
on a framework that supports the implementation of optional
modules, and a 'one-farm, one-audit' model. While the
AgriSure standards and rules have been developed, the program will
not be rolled out until there is demand for the creation and use of
optional modules in the field.
AgriSure program has been finalised, producers involved in the
LPA QA program (incorporating CATTLECARE and FLOCKCARE) should
continue to operate as usual.
More information will be provided as the modifications to the
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