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Pig Industry Calendar of Events
APR 19 - 21 – Livestock Asia, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia,
MAY 15 - 16 – British Pig & Poultry Fair, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK
MAY 16 - 17 – Forbes Stud Pig Sale, Bedgerabong Showgrounds, NSW E: Ph: 0448 419 080
MAY 20 - 22 – ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, Lexington, Kentucky US
MAY 30 - 31 – Pan Pacific Pork Expo, Gold Coast, Queensland www.pppe.
JUN 20 - 22 – VIV Europe 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands en/Bezoeker.aspx
SEP 17 - 19 – VIV China, Nanjing International Exhibition Centre (NIEC), China aspx
SEP 25 - 27 – PorkExpo 2018 Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
OCT 17 - 19 – Vietstock Expo & Forum, Saigon, Vietnam
NOV 11- 14 – Space 2018, Rennes, Francia, France
NOV 13- 16 – EuroTier, Hannover, Germany
How to supply event details: Send all details to Australian Pork Newspaper, PO Box 387, Cleveland, Qld 4163, call 07 3286 1833 fax: 07 3821 2637, email:
07 3286 1833
THE recent food safety issues experienced in the horticultural industry with rockmelons high- light the need for an ef- fective food safety and risk management system on farm.
For those producers who do not currently have an on-farm quality assurance process in place, I encour- age you to consider doing so.
APIQP or the Austral- ian Pork Industry Qual- ity Assurance program, is Australia’s own on-farm quality assurance pro- gram available to all pro- ducers.
Today, APIQP covers 90 percent of commercial sows in production and certifies producers annu- ally through independent audits conducted by AUS- MEAT.
Just under 90 percent of certified sows are man- aged in Indoor facilities and just over 10 percent are Free Range or Out- door Bred, Raised Indoors on Straw.
Any producer needing assistance to establish a QA system on-farm and seeking to become APIQ In, FR or OB certified is welcome to call Steven Miller (APIQP opera- tions manager) or Jennifer Stone (A PIQP systems support) on 1800 789 099 at any time.
All QA, food safety and biosecurity systems need to be tested and proven.
This is typically done through internal and ex- ternal audits.
Both are an annual re- quirement of APIQP.
A well-done internal audit allows producers to check their systems, to as- sess their effectiveness, to find problem areas and to identify opportunities for improvement of their sys- tems to more effectively manage their risks.
The importance of un- dertaking internal audits cannot be overstated.
Internal audits not being done effectively have been the single biggest reason for a Corrective Action Request to be given over the past five years.
Internal audits take time
by HEATHER CHANNON Acting Research and Innovation General Manager
and some producers may find them difficult.
To help, APIQ Manage- ment will provide internal audit training to producers and their representatives in 2018/19 in or around major pig growing areas.
All pig producers and their representatives are invited and welcome to attend.
Third-party auditing
In November 2017, the Australian Pork Limited Board approved AUS- MEAT as the preferred provider of third-party au- diting services for APIQP.
This represents a sig- nificant move forward to ensure ongoing credibility of the APIQP program for the Australian pork industry.
About 380 independent audits are conducted an- nually.
Auditor coverage around Australia was an ever-pre- sent issue and one that we worked hard to attain but could not resolve, espe- cially for our NSW pro- ducers.
As a result, this present- ed difficulties in attract- ing producers to become APIQP certified.
With AUS-MEAT now providing third-party auditing services, issues with auditor coverage around Australia have been overcome as audi- tors are located in every Australian state.
A total of 12 AUS- MEAT auditors have been trained to audit APIQP certified piggeries.
These auditors audit many other QA programs. By doing so, they’re able to manage the biosecurity requirements for piggeries without having to observe ‘down days’ between site
This presents opportu- nities to more effectively manage costs of audit services to producers by minimising the number of ‘down days’.
Audit costs have been set in a service agreement between APL and AUS- MEAT Ltd following extensive discussion and industry feedback.
Different fee structures apply to single-site or- ganisations and multi-site organisations, with the compliance audit fees and charges provided on the APIQP website ( ries/2017_updates/com pliance_audit_fees_and_ charges.pdf).
Briefly, for single-site organisations, the base rate is applied according to a three-tiered pricing structure based on herd size.
This base rate covers four hours of audit time.
For multi-site organisa- tions or joint certifica- tions, daily, half-daily or hourly rates have been de- termined and agreed.
Additional charges for travel and accommoda- tion are also applied, but these are shared among the group of producers/ programs being audited that week or that run.
So far, more than 20 pro- ducers have been audited by AUS-MEAT since January 1, 2018 when AUS-MEAT commenced third-party auditing under the terms of agreement with APL.
We welcome your feed- back to assist us with con- tinuing to strengthen the system.
APIQP minor review Every year, the APIQP Standards undergo a mi-
nor review.
Every fourth year, a ma- jor review is also con- ducted.
This year’s minor review focused on those stand- ards that relate to outdoor production.
Representatives from every APIQP certified Free Range and Outdoor Bred, Raised Indoors on Straw organisation were invited to attend, together with representatives from the pork supply chain.
Eighty percent of out- door-certified production was represented in the mi- nor review working group.
The two-day meeting was held in Adelaide and was chaired by Mr Rich- ard de Vos, an independ- ent consultant who facili- tated the working group meeting and discussions.
The working group re- viewed each relevant standard and provided feedback and opinions, which were highly valued.
It was very clear that all the producers value APIQP’s credibility and how it enables them to meet consumer expecta- tions for free range pork, with continuing efforts to improve consumer under- standing of Outdoor Bred, Raised Indoors on Straw product needed.
APIQ Management now tables the working group feedback for review by the APIQ Panel.
Panel recommendations for improvement will then be put to APL’s Board Quality Assurance and
Animal Welfare Com- mittee for consideration and endorsement for APL Board approval.
Issues being considered include definitions related to confinement and the possible inclusion of ad- ditional husbandry stand- ards to bring Free Range in line with some of the husbandry outcomes that conventional operations already meet if they are CSC verified.
The working group did a great job, so stay tuned for the final decisions later in 2018!
APIQP systems audit Every year, the APIQP
system itself is audited.
In the past, AUS-MEAT has provided these ser-
vices to APL.
However, as AUS-
MEAT is now the provider of audit services, APIQM is looking for alternative options to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
To date, two expressions of interest have been re- ceived, with one company to be appointed in the near future.
The process of continu- ous improvement is never ending and continues to identify new opportuni- ties as well as challenges.
If you’d like any in- formation on all things APIQP, check out the A PIQP website au, contact APIQ Man- agement on 1800 789 099, or contact me on 0423 056 045 or heather.channon@
APIQP– on-farm quality assurance, adding value to industry
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