The New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP) was trialled with 34 beef, sheep and deer farmers across the country and yielded positive results, with 98% of the trial group claiming a quality assurance programme would add value to their business.
Currently, New Zealand has a variety of industry audit systems running and the new programme will streamline the process for farmers, reducing costs and confusion and ensuring everyone is working to the same standard.
The ultimate goal is that all sheep, beef and deer farmers will be involved in the NZFAP. The national rollout will occur from this month with many farmers being accredited during the next three years.
It will be a gradual transition from the current process to the new industry standard, with support available for those farmers new to farm assurance. For farmers who are already farm assured through their meat processor, there will be very little change in terms of what will occur the next time they are audited.
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For more information, visit www.rmpp.co.nz