NZFAP and NZFAP Plus - New Zealand's National Farm Assurance Programmes
Our seal of origin delivers trusted and authentic ORIGIN, TRACEABILITY, FOOD SAFETY and ANIMAL WELFARE standards to our global consumers.
The New Zealand Farm Assurance Programmes (NZFAP and NZFAP Plus) provide confidence and certainty to the millions of consumers world-wide that the meat and wool produced from New Zealand's sheep, beef and deer farms is authentic, genuine, and safe. Collectively they provide assurances regarding integrity, traceability, animal health and welfare, people, farm and natural resources and biosecurity.
History & Ownership
The New Zealand Farm Assurance Programmes (NZFAP and NZFAP Plus) are voluntary nation-wide farm assurance programmes. They were originally developed under the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), a joint Primary Growth Partnership initiative between the New Zealand red meat sector and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.
Both Programmes are now owned and managed by New Zealand Farm Assurance Incorporated (NZFAI).
These companies are all active participants and represent over 95% of New Zealand’s beef, sheep, deer and wool production. Each member company works with and rewards their farmer suppliers to supply NZFAP certified stock.
Red Meat Members
With farmers audited every three years by an independent audit and certification body the NZFAP delivers to both national and international food safety standards. Additionally, the programme and independent audit body are JAS-ANZ accredited. JAS-ANZ is the government appointed ‘Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand’ responsible for providing accreditation, certification and inspection to ISO standard ISO/IEC17065.
The NZFAP incorporates three fundamental components of origin and traceability, food safety and animal welfare.
For full details refer to the NZFAP standard or for a brief outline read more below.
Origin & Traceability
- All qualifying livestock must be born in New Zealand.
- All animal movements on and off farm must be accompanied by a legally binding Animal Status Declaration (ASD) and be retained for 5 years.
- All wool transported off-farm must be accompanied by a wool bale specification sheet.
- Livestock displaying signs of unusual illness or ill-thrift must be notified to a veterinarian.
- All animal remedy treatments used, or product stored, must be recorded in detail and where administered done so by suitably trained personnel.
- All agrichemicals and fertilisers stored or used must be recorded in detail; and where used be done so by a trained person and be applied in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and application rates.
Animal Health & Welfare
- All livestock shall be cared for under the five freedoms.
- 1. Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
- 2. Freedom from discomfort
- 3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
- 4. Freedom from distress
- 5. Freedom to express normal behaviour
In addition to these three components member companies have the ability to add further standards to satisfy individual customer or consumer expectations, and these are known as clip-ons. All clip-on requirements are communicated directly by member companies to their suppliers and audited at the same time as the foundation standard.
1. All NZ red meat and wool farmers become NZFAP certified.
2. All NZ red meat and wool processing and exporting companies adopt the standard.
3. That the NZFAP enhances the already high consumer confidence in New Zealand red meat and wool products.
4. NZFAP unlocks market value and harmonises standards, eliminates duplication and reduces costs.
Participation in the Programme
Currently there are circa 8,000 beef, sheep and deer farmers certified under the programme. For farmers wanting to join the programme, support is available from participating meat or wool processing companies. The benefits are numerous, and most members pay a premium for livestock that is compliant.
The New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme Plus (NZFAP Plus) is a higher-level voluntary sustainability standard with three components additional to NZFAP; being People, Farm and Natural Resources and Biosecurity.
Integrated farm planning is an integral part of this standard which has been designed to protect and enhance all resources, create better and more sustainable farming businesses and incorporate socially responsible and ethical practices.
To participate in the NZFAP Plus, farmers must already be certified under NZFAP.
- Ensuring farms meet all the legislation regarding health and safety, employment relations, immigration and holidays.
- A health and safety policy will be required to identify hazards and minimise accidents, injuries and near misses.
- Employment relations are to ensure employees have valid employment documents, wage rates and hours of work, training and development and managing wellbeing.
Farm and Natural Resources
- All farms will hold a farm environment plan inclusive of; farm map, physical resources map, land and freshwater management plan, nutrient and greenhouse gas budgets, and biodiversity plan and how crops and winter grazing will be managed.
- The farm map will cover all land features and physical resources.
- The land and freshwater management plan addresses capability, soil health, grazing practices and water health and monitoring.
- The nutrient budget is to establish the risk to surface and ground water N leaching and P losses while the greenhouse gas budget is about identifying methods to measure and manage emissions.
- The biodiversity plan is all about identifying opportunities to protect and enhance terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna species.
- Farms need to identify, manage and minimise key biosecurity risks
Taste Pure Nature
New Zealand’s promise of the purest, cleanest, most natural meat taste experience in the world. To be eligible for this brand all livestock must be certified under the NZFAP.
Venison at its purest, pasture-raised from young New Zealand deer that meet the quality standards of animal welfare, farming practice and environmental management. To be eligible for this brand all livestock must be certified under the NZFAP.
New Zealand Farm Assurance Incorporated
C/- Meat Industry Association
Level 5, Wellington Chambers
154 Featherston Street
PO Box 345