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
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
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
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
AUS-MEAT Limited Tel: 07 3361 9200 or 1800
Mr Malcolm King AUS-MEAT Assistant
Commodity Manager - Livestock
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