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Research project

Control and traceability arrangements to enhance the Livestock Global Assurance Program

Summary

Australian livestock exporters are expected to know the whereabouts of the cattle, sheep and goats they have sent overseas, from the time they step off the ship or plane, until they have reached the point of slaughter in an abattoir. This is known as ‘control and traceability’.

The Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) has been established to monitor animal welfare and compliance with the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which has control and traceability as a key principle.

LGAP operates through internationally recognised Standards, and while they contain elements of control and traceability, industry has called for the development of a specific Standard.

Objectives

The primary objectives of this project are to:

  • Consult with exporters and companies already assisting them with control and traceability measures, as well as the regulator, to understand their concerns and challenges, and assess where improvements may be possible.

  • Review existing third-party, foreign government and exporter systems, with consideration to factors such as commercial feasibility, acceptance in market, and both existing and emerging technology.

  • Develop an internationally valid Standard which is outcomes-based and may be used to demonstrate conformity with ESCAS and other global requirements.

Benefits to industry

Cattle, sheep and goats being removed from approved feedlots, abattoirs and other facilities overseas is a well-identified risk to their welfare and the reputation of Australia’s livestock export industry. Strengthening LGAP standards for control and traceability will help to ensure the systems are in place to prevent this happening.

Associated Resources
Project Code

W.LIV.3054

Research Organisation

AniMark

Species

Beef Cattle, Sheep, Goats

Start Date

01/06/2020

Status

Ongoing

Project End Date

30/09/2021