Ruminant protein control programmes

Find out what a ruminant protein control programme is, whether you need one, and how to register one.

What is a ruminant protein control programme?

A ruminant protein control programme (RPCP) is a plan that outlines how you stop ruminant protein getting into feed being produced for ruminants. Ruminants include cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and deer.

You must have an RPCP registered with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) if you:

  • render, use, or store ruminant protein, and
  • produce ingredients or feed for ruminants.

Check if you need to register an RPCP with MPI if you:

  • render ingredients for animal feed
  • re-bag animal feed
  • make, mill, or store animal feed.

Follow the steps

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Step 1: Check if you need an RPCP

Answer the questions for your business type, to find out if you need an RPCP.

Feed manufacturers and millers

  • Do you make feed, even occasionally, for ruminants (such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and buffalo)?
  • Do you store, even occasionally, products containing ruminant protein on-site?

If you answered yes to both questions, you require an RPCP.

Feed re-bagging facilities

  • Do you re-bag, even occasionally, feed for ruminants?
  • Do you re-bag, even occasionally, feed that contains ruminant protein?

If you answered yes to both questions, you require an RPCP.


  • Do you render ruminant animal tissue – even just occasionally?
  • Do you render non-ruminant tissue (such as poultry and fish) that is sold as feed suitable for ruminants?

If you answered yes to both questions, you require an RPCP.

If you require an RPCP, go to Step 2.

Step 2: Check facility requirements

If you need an RPCP, contact MPI for advice on facility requirements.


To be eligible for RPCP registration, your facility must have complete physical separation of equipment used for ruminant feed and ruminant protein. This includes transfer lines and processing equipment.

Your facility must meet all of these requirements:

  • Separation must be throughout the facility – from the arrival of ingredients through to final loading for transport or packing and storage.
  • Processing equipment includes load-in bins, weigh batch mixers, press bins, press, augers, chain drags, elevators, buckets, paddles, mixers, blenders, pelleting machines, dump hoppers, bagging machines, and storage silos.
  • If your facility isn't fully separated, you should have barriers between intakes for ruminant protein and ruminant feed ingredients (to prevent contamination by wind).

You must also take reasonable steps to prevent contamination of ruminant feed during transport to and from your facility.

Step 3: Write your RPCP

You can use our sample ruminant protein control programme as the basis of your own RPCP:

Download the sample ruminant protein control programme [DOCX, 64 KB]

Step 4: Register your RPCP

To register your RPCP, either:

  • email it to
  • post it to:
    Manager (Ruminant Protein Regulations)
    Animal Imports Team
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    PO Box 2526
    Wellington 6140
Step 5: Get your RPCP reviewed by MPI

After you submit your RPCP, MPI will:

  • do a desktop review of your control programme
  • contact you to arrange a pre-registration audit of your facility
  • test ruminant feed samples to make sure they aren't contaminated.

We'll usually let you know if your RPCP is registered within 4 weeks of receiving it.

Annual verification

After you get your RPCP registered, MPI will verify it once a year through an on-site audit.

  • MPI will contact you to let you know when your audit is due.
  • An MPI inspector will contact you to arrange a suitable time for the audit.

Fees and charges

MPI will charge you NZD$214.25 (including GST) an hour for:

  • time spent doing a desktop review of your RPCP (1 to 2 hours)
  • auditing your facility for RPCP registration (2 to 3 hours)
  • annual verification audits (2 to 3 hours).

You'll also need to pay for laboratory testing of ruminant feed samples.

Who to contact

If you have questions about ruminant protein control programmes, email

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