PCAS - Pasture Fed Cattle Assurance System

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PASTURE FED CATTLE ASSURANCE SYSTEM (PCAS)

Cattle Council of Australia, with support from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), has developed a voluntary assurance program that enables the industry to prove claims made about pasturefed or grassfed production methods.

This program is called the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System (PCAS).

Underpinning PCAS are the PCAS Standards which govern the on-farm feed requirements and traceability of the cattle as well as pre-slaughter handling practices which influence eating quality. The PCAS Standards also include two optional modules to support claims relating to freedom from antibiotics and hormone growth promotants (HGPs).

The program was developed in consultation with industry stakeholders, retailers and processors and the PCAS Standards were piloted with producers.

How to become PCAS Certified

To become Certified Pasturefed and be eligible to use this descriptor and the suite of certification marks, you must:

1.Register your property and pay the annual administration fee

2.Get ready for the on-site audit; make sure you have the appropriate records available

3.Have the on-site audit conducted and action any areas the auditor identifies as requiring action. An online self-audit is available which, based your answers to a series of questions related to the PCAS Standards, will give you an indication of your ability to meet the PCAS Standards during an on-site audit.

The self audit questions can be found here

Once you have completed the self-audit, you will be provided with on-screen feedback - you may need to make changes to your management system or on-farm practices in order to show compliance with the PCAS Standards.

Once you are registered you will be required to arrange an on-site audit with one of the approved PCAS Certification Bodies. Until you have completed the on-site audit and been awarded Certification, you cannot use the Certification Pasturefed logos and marks.

General enquiries

AUS-MEAT Limited     Tel: 07 3361 9200 or 1800 621 903

Mr Malcolm King        AUS-MEAT Assistant Commodity Manager - Livestock

For more information on the PCAS Pasturefed System visit their website:

http://www.certifiedpasturefed.com.au/


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