Sustainability & Animal Welfare
Animal welfare and environmental sustainability are issues that remain at the forefront of the beef industry in Australia – and a key priority for Atron Enterprises. Australian industry needs to work together to ensure a sustainable future – and the sustainability of the environment and the welfare of livestock are paramount.
Atron works very closely with industry bodies and the supply chain to ensure sustainability at the highest level, and places absolute priority on best practice values of animal welfare, integrity and safety.
David Larkin's personal commitment: As an ardent representative on local, state and national industry meat advisory boards, David is deeply involved in setting industry standards for beef in Australia. David has initiated specific environmental sustainability requirements on farms and at processors, which include the efficient use of water, power and other natural resources – along with management of the organisation’s carbon footprint and elimination of unnecessary packaging and process.
More than this:
• All of the processing facilities Atron operates in employ the latest environmentally-sustainable technologies to ensure the
impact that they have on the environment is minimal and that their practices are sustainable.
• All plants have the highest environmental government accreditations.
• Atron as a team, in their daily tasks and the marketing of their brands, take their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint
seriously and work continuously to build a more sustainable future for the environment and the company.
All Atron processes are underpinned by stringent Australian industry standards, Atron’s uncompromising quality control and assurance procedures. Atron draws on key Australian and global industry authorities, market information sources, trade visits and market intelligence to ensure the preservation of animal and product integrity, and environmental sustainability.
In addition, the Atron Quality Assurance (QA) department continuously monitors and audits activities at all processing premises to ensure compliance with company and government programs.
The key bodies governing sustainability in this industry in Australia include:
• The RSPCA
• The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC)
• Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
The RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Guidelines — Beef Cattle are designed to assist the beef cattle industry to improve continuously and to demonstrate a commitment to animal welfare for beef cattle on farm, during transport and at slaughter.
The principles underpinning the Guidelines are based on the ‘Five Freedoms’:
Please refer to www.rspca.org.au/what-we-do/working-with-farming-industry
Freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
Freedom from discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from pain, injury or disease: by prevention, rapid diagnosis and treatment
Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering.
The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) is committed to the highest level of animal welfare and the humane treatment of livestock. Our mission is to ensure acceptable animal welfare standards are implemented and effectively verified.
AMIC affirms that livestock processing in Australia is conducted in accordance with national laws and international requirements, and enforced accordingly by State, Territory and Commonwealth inspectors to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are maintained at all times.
In 2005, AMIC proactively developed and implemented the AMIC ‘Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock Processing Establishments, which integrate the national Codes of Practice, relevant State and Commonwealth legislation and other commercial requirements. These Standards are verified by Commonwealth and State inspectors and commercial auditors on behalf of customers.
In summary The Australian processing industry:
• is committed to the highest level of animal welfare
• operates under strict state and federal animal welfare regulations that are verified by Commonwealth and State inspectors
and commercial auditors on behalf of customers
• has developed and implemented world's best practice animal welfare standards
• invests in ensuring its employees are trained and competent in animal welfare.
Please refer to http://www.amic.org.au/content_common/pg-animal-welfare-and-processing-industry.seo
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) invests heavily in food safety by assisting the Australian red meat industry to manage food safety and quality. MLA is the leading provider of research and development solutions that assist Australia's red meat industry maintain its excellent reputation for animal and product safety both in Australia and overseas.
Through all stages of livestock handling, the health and welfare of the animals processed is a priority for Atron. Good husbandry and strict quarantine measures are in place to ensure the humane treatment of animals and the maintenance of disease-free stock.
Please refer to www.mla.com.au/Marketing-beef-and-lamb/Meat-Standards-Australia/MSA-beef/Supplying
The red meat industry's commitment to food safety continues beyond the farm gate, with a unique set of industry quality assurance programs covering animal welfare, including livestock transport, feedlots and sale yards. These include the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) and the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). NFAS is an initiative designed to ensure product quality and integrity in beef feedlots. It covers a wide range of environmental, animal welfare, veterinary practices, and feed ingredients and residues standards. The NLIS is a traceability system that documents the movement of cattle, sheep and goats, and provides assurance of product integrity, safety and market eligibility.
Please refer to www.mla.com.au/Meat-safety-and-traceability/National-Livestock-Identification-System