Australian producers are recognised around the world for their responsible animal husbandry and farm management techniques. Our Kerwee feedlot has a strong reputation for exceeding industry standards in animal health and welfare, environmental control, feed innovations and sustainable farming. Our feedlotting practices and have been recognised as ALFA’s feedlot of the year 5 times in a row. See below a list of the accreditations Kerwee feedlot and farming property holds.
More on each accreditation can be found below.
National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme
The National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) is an independently audited quality assurance program for the Australian lot feeding industry. The scheme ensures we maintain responsible feedlot management. It demonstrates our commitment to animal welfare, the environment, our meat quality and food safety.
To maintain our accreditation our feedlot is audited by three (3) independent AUS-MEAT officers.
Global G.A.P. is an internationally recognised set of farm standards dedicated to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Independently certified, this global certification has the crucial objective of ensuring safe sustainable agriculture worldwide.
Global G.A.P. certification covers:
- Food safety and traceability
- Environment (including biodiversity)
- Workers’ health, safety and welfare
- Animal welfare
- Quality assurance and crop, pest, and hazard management
Stockyard is the first Australian beef brand to achieve this standard.
Livestock Production Assurance
The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program governs seven critical traceability, on-farm practices, and animal handling requirements. This quality assurance program allows you to rest easy knowing:
- our feedlot and farming risks are strictly managed
- our animals are handled and treated responsibly and their welfare in mind
- our feed is free from chemicals and other contaminants
- we know where our cattle are from, and how they are treated and transported
- we have a biosecurity plan that reduces the risk of transmission of disease, pests and weeds
Independent on-site audits are conducted each year to ensure that our management systems are compliant with LPA rules and standards.
National Livestock Identification System
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is a system for the identification and traceability of cattle. The system allows lifetime traceability. All animals are identified with an accredited NLIS tag or device from their property of birth. If our animals are from one of our trusted supplied their movement is recorded centrally on the NLIS database. This means we are able to track a piece of beef that is in market right back through to the property that animal was born on – whether it is ours or from one of our trusted suppliers.
Animal Welfare – Truck Safe
We only partner with transport providers who hold Truck Safe’s Animal Welfare accreditation. The accreditation is an audited quality assurance program for livestock transport. It is focused on humane transportation of the stock, on how to prevent disease, stress and contamination problems when moving them, on making sure the ‘paddock to plate’ traceability for livestock is supported during the journey and on the eating quality and safety of the final meat product.
European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS)
The European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS) is a national animal production scheme that we meet the European Union (EU) market requirements for beef including full individual traceability from birth through the NLIS, no use of hormone growth promotants and clear EUCAS pen signage.
Due to our strict internal feedlot management systems and auditing processes, we are independently audited by an Australian government official annually.