Animal health and welfare

Australian feedlots care about their animals.

The reality is their livelihoods depend on producing healthy and content livestock.

 Ensuring good animal health and welfare means feedlots do everything from:

…regularly monitoring livestock so animal welfare risks are identified early and managed quickly and effectively

…to engaging vets and nutritionists to ensure livestock are well cared for and remain healthy while in the feedlot

…to low stress stock handling techniques when transporting and moving livestock.



Let’s get real

From time to time, we’ve all heard a story or seen some footage where livestock aren’t treated as well as the majority of animals in the industry.

Animal cruelty cases are just as distressing to the industry as they are to the community. 

So, what’s the industry doing about it?

The Australian red meat industry has been proactive in creating new programs and systems to ensure and to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to best practice animal health and welfare. 

In a number of cases, our industry has led the world.

Here’re three examples of recent research the industry has completed to improve the welfare of livestock in feedlots…

Cattle heat load toolbox: A risk assessment tool has been developed to accurately forecast the impact of heat events on cattle, allowing time for feedlot operators to activate their heat stress management plans before the event arrives.

Bovine respiratory disease management: Bovine respiratory disease is the main cause of illness and death in Australian feedlot cattle. Research is investigating different management strategies to prevent and control the disease to improve animal welfare and productivity.

Fly control: a natural fungal biopesticide has been developed to address nuisance flies in feedlots.

The red meat and livestock industry has achieved a lot over the years, but there’s more to do. 

How feedlots know what to do

The actions feedlots take are informed by:

Putting into practice findings from proactive research and development funded by the red meat industry to enhance animal health and welfare in feedlots.

Following animal welfare practices required by the industry-developed National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme, a quality assurance system that’s over and above legislative requirements.

Following legislated animal welfare regulations which are informed by the standards within the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.

Meeting their legal obligations as stipulated within the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.