Prioritising Animal Welfare With The Shade Initiative.

Building on ALFA’s commitment to animal welfare, they recently announced the launch of The Shade Initiative, which will encourage all Australian feedlots to make a pledge to provide cattle with access to shade by 2026.  

As well as allowing cattle to display natural shade seeking behaviour and aid comfort, Bryce Camm, ALFA President, added that the initiative positions the industry for long term sustainability. 

As well as the positive outcomes in terms of animal welfare and comfort, MLA research found shade can result in productivity gains, in terms of increased feed intake and hence weight gain at slaughter.

It is estimated that around 60% of feedlot capacity in Australia currently have shade, and ALFA’s initiative aims to build this to 100% by 2026, to allow for sufficient planning and installation time. 

To support feedlot operators, ALFA have created an online Shade Resource Hub with content on shade design, standards and construction. As well as information to help operators understand more about the benefits of shade, the hub includes info on financing opportunities through Federal and State low interest loans and asset write off incentives. 

“We know that our consumers expect us to care for our livestock. The initiative to have shade installed in all Australian feedlots demonstrates our collective commitment to prioritising and continuously improving the welfare of cattle under our care,” Bryce Camm.