The New Zealand Farm Assurance programme (NZFAP) provides confidence and certainty to the millions of consumers world-wide that the red meat produced from New Zealand’s sheep, beef and deer is authentic, genuine and safe. It includes assurances in regards to integrity, traceability, bio-security, food safety, environmental sustainability and animal health and welfare.
History & Ownership
The New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP) is a national farm assurance programme 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.
The Programme is 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 and deer production. Each member company works with and rewards their farmer suppliers to supply NZFAP certified stock.
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.
- 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.
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 farmers become NZFAP certified.
2. All NZ red meat processing and exporting companies adopt the standard.
3. That the NZFAP enhances the already high consumer confidence in New Zealand red meat products.
Participation in the Programme
Currently there are circa 5,000 beef, sheep and deer farmers certified under the programme. For farmers wanting to join the programme, support is available from participating meat processing companies. The benefits are numerous and most members pay a premium for livestock that is compliant.
NZFAP PLUS is a new sustainability standard under development with three components additional to the foundation standard; being Farm Environment, People and Biosecurity.
Integrated farm planning will be an integral part of this standard which is being designed to protect and enhance all resources, create better and more sustainable farming businesses and incorporate socially responsible and ethical practices. Read more below for a brief outline.
- All farms will hold a farm environment plan inclusive of; farm map, physical resources map, land and water management plan, nutrient and greenhouse gas budgets, and biodiversity plan.
- The farm map will cover all land features and physical resources.
- The land and water 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 reduce these emissions.
- The biodiversity plan is all about identifying opportunities to protect and enhance terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna species.
- 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.
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.