To ensure red meat is good for you, the Australian red meat industry works tirelessly to do good by and for its animals, ensuring they have the best quality of life.
Australian farmers care about their animals and want to ensure they are pain-free and stress-free. By complying with Australia’s animal welfare standards and by developing and introducing innovative ways to phase out old practices like dehorning, we make sure sheep, cattle and goats are able to live the good life.
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Discover how the red meat industry is ensuring animals enjoy a good life with minimal pain and stress.
Keeping animals pain-free is a fundamental priority for the Australian red meat industry.
The Australian wool and sheep meat industry is working towards phasing out mulesing by finding new ways to spare sheep the agony caused by flystrike.
For the Australian red meat industry, treating livestock humanely is critical to our sustainability...and the right thing to do.
For the Australian red meat industry, treating livestock humanely is critical.
Australian farmers are committed to the humane treatment of animals in their care.
Animal husbandry practices in Australia are designed with the health, wellbeing and safety of animals in mind.
Breeding polled (hornless) livestock is a key focus for the Australian red meat industry to eliminate the need for dehorning or disbudding.
The Australian livestock export industry works with export markets to raise animal welfare standards right through the supply chain.
Almost 4% of Australian cattle are in feedlots at any given time, with their wellbeing a priority for this highly-regulated industry.
Australian livestock are humanely processed to meet strict animal welfare standards and an industry certification system.
The transportation of livestock in Australia is tightly regulated to ensure livestock arrive without stress or injury.
Australia has stringent animal welfare standards and guidelines. Protecting animal wellbeing is a legal requirement.
The Australian livestock industry is committed to the Five Domains of Animal Welfare.
The Australian red meat industry uses antibiotics responsibly to keep cattle, sheep and goats healthy.
The red meat industry has stringent animal welfare standards, and aims to be recognised as world leaders in animal health, welfare and production practices.
Naturally occurring and synthetic hormones are used in cattle to optimise weight gain. They are safe for animals and people.
Barb Madden explains why the health and welfare of their animals is the Smithfield Cattle Company’s top priority.
Australian farmers work hard to give their livestock the best care possible, and follow best-practice guidelines designed to protect the welfare and wellbeing of animals.
The transportation of livestock is a tightly regulated process in Australia. Everyone involved in the care and management of transported livestock is focused on ensuring that each animal arrives in good condition, free of stress and injury.
Animal wellbeing is critical during live exports and the industry has made big improvements in this area. To ensure the best possible treatment, 26 animal-welfare indicators are measured onboard livestock export vessels. These cover nutrition, environment, health, behaviour and mental state.
Feedlots are purpose-built facilities where livestock are provided with a balanced grain-based diet to help them reach their quality potential. All aspects of their welfare are planned and monitored by trained staff in this highly regulated industry.
In line with its mission to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are implemented, maintained and verified, the meat processing industry has proactively developed its own animal welfare standards and certification system to ensure animal wellbeing is its top priority.
Keeping animals pain-free is a fundamental priority for the Australian red meat industry. Standards and guidelines are in place to support the use of pain relief in unavoidable aversive procedures. The beef industry aspires to 100% use of pain relief for these procedures by 2030. Pain relief products available in Australia for sheep, cattle and goats include fast-acting/short-lasting local anesthetics and slow-acting but longer lasting analgesics.
Minimising animal stress during red meat production is not just the right thing to do, it also produces higher quality meat.Learn more