WHEN farmers hear the words quality assurance, they usually associate additional work and costs for their operation.
But this now doesn't have to be the case with the CBH Group's Better Farm Integrated Quality (IQ) program.
Better Farm IQ is the CBH Group's on-farm Quality Assurance system that is easy to implement, easy to use and increasingly important in an era where quality is the number one criteria for customers.
The Better Farm IQ's unique design delivers the simplest, most cost effective on-farm QA system in the world, while still achieving Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance.
Speaking at last week's Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA AGM, Better Farm IQ Training Manager Jessica Weeks said this program allows the farmer to tell their story and dictate their own QA manual.
"It is tailor-made for the farmer's individual farm," she said.
Depending on what information the farmer currently records, most farmers will find that they are already keeping most of the information required.
The program was developed and implemented by CBH in 2004 but it does not just cater for graingrowers as it also has a livestock (cattle and sheep) component.
It was further updated in the past 12 months and now contains an EU Eco-Label wool and a GM module will be released shortly.
The program is an on-farm QA program built to meet the internationally recognised SQF 1000 code and is fully HACCP compliant.
Ms Weeks said there were three main reasons why CBH developed the program and these include government legislation, customer requests and assist in managing quality and food safety risks, protect our clean and green image.
"Being able to demonstrate full traceability of our products will build customer confidence in the Australian grains industry," Ms Weeks said.
"As the plate moves further away from the paddock, customer needs are changing.
"International food buyers are driving demand for a quality assured global supply chain capable of meeting the needs of an increasingly educated, aware and discerning customer.