What is an FEP Audit?
An FEP audit is an on-farm independent assessment of the implementation of your FEP to check that: You manage the risks identified in your Farm Environment Plan; and you are applying the Good Management Practices identified in your FEP.
How the Audit works:
The auditor will come out to your property, sit down with you and any relevant FEP implementers (E.g. Managers, Leasees, Sharemilkers etc) and discuss your farm and your systems. They will review your relevant records and look about the farm.
What does the Audit assess?
Farm Environment Plans are assessed in accordance with the protocols contained in the Canterbury Certified Farm Environment Plan (FEP) Auditor Manual.
Audit Grading & Frequency:
The auditor will use a Level of Confidence judgement when making a decision of whether or not the farm is on track to meeting Good Management Practice (GMP). The more records and evidence you have to support your management decisions, the more likely that the Auditors Level of Confidence will be improved.
After the audit you will be given a grade, A, B, C or D. This grade will determine the return period of the auditor.
- A Grade = 4 Years
- B Grade = 2 Years
- C Grade = 12 Months
- D Grade = 6 Months
Unless there is a change in Management or a Significant Change in the Farming System.
Records for your Audit:
In your audit you will need to be able to demonstrate the good management practices you have indicated in your FEP. It is important to make sure your records are up to date and easily available.
Online Record Management tools can be useful for example, Ravensdown’s SMARTMaps or Ballance’s AgHub. Other databases are also available, such as Muddy Boots/Crop Walker, MINDA and ProductionWise. Hard Copy Records are also useful – E.g. Invoices, Dairy Entries, Rainfall Records.
A list of useful records for your audit can be found here: Audit records checklist pdf