07 March 2012

Feedlot Animal Welfare & Quality Assurance

Did you know that cattle mortality levels are actually lower in feedlots than pasture based operations? Did you also know that feedlots are independently audited ...

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continually strives to be a world leader in animal welfare in 1995 Alpha developed its own quality assurance program the National feedlot accreditation scheme or nfaas the scheme is focused on animal welfare environmental management and food safety it's overseen by the feedlot industry accreditation committee a group made up of state government representatives and industry members most beef produced in Australia feedlots is sourced from nfaas accredited operations importantly each operation is independently audited each year to ensure compliance with animal welfare environmental and food safety legislation and best practice a key aspect of NFA s is that all loc fed cattle must have room to eat drink and exhibit natural behavior cattle in a feedlot most sometimes grouped together as this is a natural behavior for herd animals safety in numbers is the most basic of herd animal instincts Cal are also social animals it's in their nature to be close to one another especially when eating and drinking feed troughs provide plenty of room for the cattle to spread out when they eat but their herd instincts and social groupings mean they

prefer to stick together feedlot yards are of adequate size to allow the cattle to move around freely manure management is a key to keeping the pen surface in good order so yards are cleaned regularly to ensure the cattle have comfortable living conditions this is also a requirement of nfaas the industries quality assurance program every yard of cattle is checked carefully each day by experienced pen writers and stock handlers to ensure cattle are in good condition every feedlot has a consulting veterinarian who's on call to assist if health issues arise through the industry's quality assurance program requirements the use of vets and daily monitoring of cattle by pen writers cattle losses are actually lower in a feedlot environment given Australia's harsh climate the industry's quality assurance program requires feedlots to have a heat stress management plan which is activated during extreme weather events this plan involves management practices such as increased the shade and water to enable cattle to better cope with such weather events the shade

requirements differ for each breed of cattle black angus cattle are a british breed and tend to feel the heat whereas Brahmans a breed which originated in India and a known for their tolerance of hot conditions will quite happily lie in the Sun during the heat of summer lot feeding ensures consumers receive a reliable supply of high eating quality beef in terms of tenderness flavor and taste regardless of seasonal conditions the industry is dedicated to delivering a high quality product meeting or exceeding community and regulatory expectations and at the same time injecting cash in a rural and regional communities through demand for local goods and services jobs and a market for grain and cattle the flow-on annual benefits from a typical sized feedlot alone is over 13 million dollars and nearly 150 jobs the economy we're proud of our role producing quality food for Australians and overseas communities and our commitment to animal welfare and the environment if you have any questions about the industry please get in contact their striving what theatres association you