Graziers to gain more options in the Maranoa

GRAZIERS who use stock routes in the Maranoa to move cattle will be allowed to sell their cattle at the Roma Saleyards, according to the Maranoa Regional Council.

The council made the decision at its general meeting to register the region's stock route network under the Livestock Production Assurance program.

Councillor Jan Chambers said without the LPA registration, graziers who drove their cattle to the saleyards would not be able to sell them there.

"The registration of all Maranoa stock routes under the LPA program means that a grazier can now fill out a National Vendor Declaration when moving livestock from the stock route into the saleyards," Cr Chambers said.

"All graziers in Australia require a National Vendor Declaration to sell cattle in the Roma Saleyards.

"This document is not a legal requirement. However, all the major processors require the document.

"Therefore, not acquiring this is a significant impediment to sales potential."

Cr Chambers said once the documentation is processed by AusMeat the changes will come into effect, which should be within the next 28 days.

"The LPA is the Australian livestock industry's on-farm food safety program," she said.

"It is made up of representatives of peak industry bodies responsible for red meat production and aims to provide an assurance of safety of red meat grown on Australian farms.

"When the National Vendor Declaration is signed, the producer is sharing information on livestock history and declaring compliance with all LPA requirements."

ARE you a grazier who uses the stock routes to transport cattle? What do you think about this change? Let us know by emailing editorial@ westernstarnews.com.


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