REFORMS to animal feed regulations will cut red tape for livestock producers, says Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Producers, pet owners and animal feed manufacturers will all benefit from the removal of barriers to access for new feed varieties and technologies, Mr Joyce said.
“These reforms will exclude a range of low-risk animal feed products from some regulations — and in the process save $7.8 million a year in red tape for animal feed manufacturers, savings we can expect will be passed on to their customers,” he said.
“The benefits will be felt downstream with industry estimating increased production rates from new feeds could improve returns by up to $10 a tonne of feed."
The Minister said Australia has been lagging behind international competitors in access to innovative feed varieties and the reforms will put us on a level footing, and also potentially improve long-term animal health and reduce the workload for the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Management Authority (APVMA).
The reforms exclude certain animal feed products from APVMA regulation if they meet certain conditions around ingredients, claims, manufacturing and labelling.
Up to half the animal feed products currently registered could benefit from this reform and as many as 100 new products could now be introduced in the next five years that would not otherwise enter the market, Mr Joyce said.
"This is a great result for industry up and down the supply chain.
“These reforms have been closely considered over the course of 18 months’ consultation with feed manufacturers, users, animal health professionals, States and Territories and the APVMA,” he said.
“In these discussions we’ve made sure that any reforms would not increase the risk to human or animal health and safety.
“At the same time we’ve listened to industry about where regulations are burdensome, and these reforms release a pressure valve of red tape that was preventing new and existing products to hit the market quicker, with fewer impediments.”