The industry believes in being proactive rather reactive to matters that may impact on the industry and its Members and as such continual improvement of the industry is important to strive for. Matters being actively sought include:
National Feed Standards for Feed-Producing Animals
The industry has had a long-term goal to achieve a consistent approach to the legislation and policy affecting the production of feed in Australia. We need one set of rules that we as an industry can follow. The Feed Standard will allow us to do this if we can bring the governments and industry together to achieve this outcome. FIAAA will be working with its members and stakeholders (including SFMCA) to achieve this goal.
Antibiotics are used by the livestock industries for the prudent control of bacterial diseases. One method of delivery is via the feed or water. This ensures all livestock being fed receives their required dose. The feed industry has a role in ensuring this method of application is performed in a manner that does not result in resistance in livestock and humans. The Australian feed industry is presently developing a stewardship program that will fit with the goal to reduce antimicrobial resistance whilst protecting the health and welfare of livestock and humans.
Feed safety has been the corner stone of FIAAA’s activities for many years. As a result our mantra Safe Feed For Animals was developed because of these activities. The feed industry needs to ensure it provides an extremely safe product to food-producing animals, so we don’t impact on the food safety of the consumer. As a result of this focus, FAMIqs (our industry’s QA program) has been implemented.
The Australian feed industry will be embarking on a major project to set targets for identified development goals that will guide the industry on its commitment to providing continuous improvement for its participants. These commitment areas will need to align with our end-users, suppliers, stakeholders and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We will be working closely with our counterparts in the International Feed Industry Federation to achieve this framework.