Feedlots are an essential part of the mighty Australian beef industry. With a production value of $2.7 billion, Australia’s cattle feedlot industry is responsible for the employment of 2000 people, whilst reaching out over to 7000 others for other, indirectly related jobs.
Across the country, there are 450 accredited beef cattle feedlots, and is an ever-expanding sector in the agricultural industry.
So, what is a feedlot? What makes them so important to Australian beef production? As one of South Australia’s premier feedlots, we are happy to share with you everything you need to know.
Why use a feedlot?
Australia’s inconsistent weather patterns can contribute to serious droughts and, therefore, poor seasons.
Having a high quality and quantity of pasture has a big effect on the overall taste of the beef itself.
In the event of a drought, using a feedlot brings consistency, keeping the standards and nutritional properties of the feed high, resulting in premium beef products year round.
More than this, feedlots also put less stress on the environment and serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
By having an advanced and professional feedlot here in South Australia, with effective and efficient nutrition, cattle reach their ideal market weight at a faster rate, reducing emissions and environmental impact.
What happens in a feedlot?
In compliance with animal welfare transportation requirements as well as codes of practice, cattle are moved to feedlots via truck.
Once arriving at the feedlot, cattle are analysed by breed, age, weight and their likely market destination. Once that has taken place, they are given any necessary medications to ensure that they are in optimal health and happiness.
The cattle's diets are formulated to provide protein, minerals, vitamins and energy. Feedlots have stockmen and women who are responsible for the care and supervision of the cattle every day along with implementing innovative nutritional practices.
On average, the cattle stay in a feedlot for a period of 50-120 days and their environment needs to be maintained constantly.
Run off at Princess Royal Station is specially designed so that it may be recycled for irrigationand used as natural fertilizer around the properties.
When the cattle have reached their market weight, they are ready to be transported for processing. By sticking to strict environmental and animal welfare standards, we are able to produce wonderfully high-quality beef to our consumers.
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Simon Rowe and the Princess Royal team are always going above and beyond to produce South Australia’s best beef whilst ensuring the safe and ethical standards of the animals. For more information, contact us today.