Animal Welfare and The Environment

Certified Australian Angus Beef® and the Environment

Certified Australian Angus Beef Pty Ltd (CAAB) supports and promotes ethical and sustainable farming practices.

As passionate Australian farmers, leaving our farms to the next generation in better condition than we found them is a lifelong commitment. Therefore, not only must we produce the highest quality beef for the Certified Australian Angus Beef brand, but also produce it in ways that minimise our impacts on the environment.

This endeavour starts with Australian Angus genetics. Through our relationship with the Australian Angus Society, our breed genetics continue to be developed to produce higher growth rate, higher yielding animals with higher more efficient feed conversion ratios. Improved genetics means high quality beef can be produced with fewer demands on our feed, water and land resources. Importantly, it also means less un-utilised energy from the animal’s feed being lost through animal wastes, methane emissions and processing wastes. Cattle eligible for the CAAB program must be 100% to a minimum 75% Angus parentage.

Cattle raised for the CAAB program spend most of their lives on open pastures, making use of land and vegetation that is largely unsuitable for other farming practices and production such as cropping and harvesting. Through the Australian Angus Society and other forums, we encourage our farmers to adopt leading-edge environmental management on their properties. Techniques include pasture and vegetation management practices that are appropriate for their regions, water conservation, waterway protection, soil conditioning, land maintenance practice, and biodiversity ensuring protection. As high quality Angus beef depends on a continual rising plane of nutrition throughout an animals life in addition to being raised of pastures, cattle are fed on a supplementary ration to enhance growth before being introduced to the feedlot where they are fed a grain ration for periods from 100 to 150 days, depending on the market destination and the individual animals nutritional requirement to finish. Feedlot rations are formulated to be highly metabolic which means that more beef can be produced per unit of feed and with lower greenhouse emissions over a shorter period than an animal fed solely on pasture for whole of life.

The feeds used are predominantly grains and forage harvested and are milled specifically to ensure that the foodstuff is highly digestible. This converts to the animal producing highly nutritious beef for the consumer.

In Australia, the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme requires auditing of accredited feedlots to ensure their operations are meeting environmental, social and sustainable standards including waste water capture and management, animal emissions, animal waste capture, noise levels and methods to combat odours. All cattle entering the CAAB program must come through such an accredited feedlot.

CAAB’s processing partners have been selected for their skills and capabilities in processing high quality beef in line with their personal commitment to ethical farming practices and sustainability. This includes their environmental management programs including water use and recycling, energy utilisation, and waste capture and management. These programs are independently audited as part of their AUS-MEAT processing audits and undertaken as required.

Throughout the entire production chain of Certified Australian Angus Beef, the emphasis is on developing leading edge standards, training and management practice at every step to produce beef as good as it can be – from both quality and environmental standpoints. Each and every part of the supply chain is independently audited by recognised organisations offering our customer’s assurance in this wonderful grain fed beef product and that’s why the Certified Australian Angus Beef brand is Australia’s most awarded beef.

Certified Australian Angus Beef – its beef we’re proud of.

Certified Australian Angus Beef® and Animal Welfare

At Certified Australian Angus Beef (CAAB), we believe that the highest standards of animal welfare are not just expected by our community and our consumers, but are fundamental to our beliefs and values as professional branded beef owners. We see it as our moral responsibility to ensure cattle produced for CAAB are raised ethically and sustainably to produce high quality beef meals. Good welfare starts with great genetics. Australian Angus cattle are bred for docility, meaning they are quiet, relaxed and easily handled. Breeding for docility means that animals are less susceptible to suffering stress and causing accident or injury to themselves or others. As Angus are a naturally polled breed, they do not grow horns and can’t cause injury to themselves or to each other. It also means they do not have to go through the stressful practice of dehorning (removal of the horns).

Cattle entering the Certified Australian Angus Beef program must also meet welfare standards of Meat Standards Australia (MSA), the audited grading system that underpins the Certified Australian Angus Beef brand. These requirements are based on extensive research by the Australian Beef Cooperative Research Centre which has shown that low-stress cattle management helps produce higher quality beef. The MSA specifications for Animal Handling and Husbandry minimise external impacts of such practice on the animal and reduce the impacts and incidence of stressors.

As part of the MSA system, the extent of lifetime stress experienced by cattle is assessed by the level of ossification in spinal cartilage. This assessment is an important factor in the measurement of carcase traits to determine eating quality. Additionally, there are immediate pre-slaughter management requirements that all cattle must meet. These include continual access to food and water, not mixing cattle from different mobs, healthy animals in good condition, quiet handling with minimal use of goads and prodders, and processing within 36 hours of leaving their property.

All participants in the CAAB production chain including cattle producers, backgrounders, lot feeders, agents, transporters and processors have been trained in low-stress management techniques, including handling practices and facilities.

We know that high quality beef and the highest standards of animal welfare go hand-in-hand and this is just another reason why Certified Australian Angus Beef is Australia’s most awarded brand.

Certified Australian Angus Beef – its beef from animals we care about.

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