NFAS


The National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) is an independently audited quality assurance scheme that was initiated by ALFA and is managed by an industry Committee the Feedlot Industry Accreditation Committee (FLIAC).

NFAS Accreditation is separate to ALFA Membership. To apply for ALFA Membership please click here.

NFAS and the role of AUS-MEAT vs ALFA

AUS-MEAT

AUS-MEAT is an industry owned company that is responsible for establishing and maintaining national industry standards for meat production and processing.  It has three main roles:

The benefits for lot feeders becoming NFAS Accredited are as follows:

AUS-MEAT owns, operates and manages NFAS on behalf of the cattle lot feeding industry .  It also acts as the secretariat for the Feedlot Industry Accreditation Committee (FLIAC) which oversees the program.

ALFA membership is not synonymous with NFAS accreditation.  Therefore lot feeders who are ALFA members need to separately become NFAS accredited to receive the benefits that accreditation provides.

More information regarding AUS-MEAT can be found on the AUS-MEAT website (Click here) including NFAS accreditation (Click here).

 

NFAS Accreditation Process Explained

To be accredited a feedlot operator must:

Application

All feedlots wishing to participate in the NFAS are required to complete a NFAS Application Form and lodge that application with AUS-MEAT Limited. To print a blank application forms press the print button below. After completing the application details and attaching the required application fees fax or mail it to the address indicated in the “Further Information Section” below.

What does NFAS Cost?

All feedlots are required to purchase a NFAS Self Learning Program at initial application. The NFAS Self Learning Kit contains an instructional manual, a Program Guide, a booklet on Feedlot Quality System Management and blank QA Manual to assist the documentation of the feedlot quality system. The NFAS Self Learning Program also contains a copy of all of the Standards and Codes of Practice for the feedlot industry, which includes:

The cost of the NFAS Self-Learning kit of $500.00

Application Form

Click here to download a copy of the NFAS Application form from the AUS-MEAT site.

 

For More Information Contact AUS-MEAT on:

Postal Address:
NFAS Accreditation
AUS-MEAT Limited
PO Box 3403 Tingalpa DC 4273
Phone: 61 + 7 3361 9200
Fax: 61 + 7 3361 9222
NFAS Free Call: 1800 621 903
Email: craig.firrell@ausmeat.com.au

Or visit the AUS-MEAT website here

 


The Grain Fed (GF) and Grain fed Young Beef (GFYG) criteria as stipulated in the NFAS standards are as follows:

GF

Number of days on feed 100
Age 6 teeth (max) except where carcasses with thoracic vertebraonly partially ossified.
P8 Fat Depth 7 mm (minimum)
Meat Colour Score 1A, 1B, 1C – 3
Fat Colour Score 0 – 3

The cattle must have been fed in an Accredited Feedlot for not less than 100 days, and for not less than 80 days of that, on a nutritionally balanced ration of a recognised high energy feed of which grain is the highest single component. Rations must have an average metabolizable energy (ME) content greater than 10 megajoules (MJ) per kg of dry matter.

 

GFYG

Number of days on feed 70 (60 days for Females)
Age 0 – 2 teeth inclusive
P8 Fat Depth 5 mm (minimum)
Meat Colour Score 1A, 1B, 1C – 3
Fat Colour Score 0 – 3

The cattle must have been fed in an Accredited Feedlot for not less than 70 days, in the case of females not less than 60 days and for not less than 50 days of that, on a nutritionally balanced ration of a recognised high energy feed of which grain is the highest single component. Rations must have an average metabolizable energy (ME) content greater than 10 megajoules (MJ) per kg of dry matter.

 


 

Need on-site technical service & advice?

Our Feedlot Technical Services Officer Jeff House is also available to assist feedlots with the accreditation process. This is a free service for all feedlots and you can contact him on 0419 262 207 or email jeff.house@feedlots.com.au