Animal welfare - Elders Portal

Animal welfare

With many of our staff and contractors regularly interacting with livestock in the course of their work, Elders recognises our responsibility to ensure we look after the animals in our care.

Our directives for the humane and considerate treatment of livestock are established in our Livestock Handling and Welfare Policy and Livestock Handling Guides1 and Industry standards. All staff must follow these, in conjunction with all local laws and regulations relating to the handling of animals. Our internal livestock production training program is targeted at upskilling our advisors on best practice in feeding structures, stocking rates, health, welfare and nutrition and enabling them to pass on knowledge and support to our clients.

In 2021, Elders conducted a comprehensive internal audit on animal welfare, with the objective of assessing the effectiveness of the controls we have in place to manage identified animal welfare risks. Key improvement actions identified, and will be implemented over the coming months include enhanced training and policy updates.

Our approach to animal welfare

We are committed to the humane and considerate treatment of all livestock in our care.


Safe transport of livestock

Our staff are provided with training on livestock handling with a focus on minimising stress to animals and safe transportation.

Following the divestment of our Live Export business in 2016, Elders is no longer involved in live export logistics and does not export cattle internationally live from its Killara Feedlot.
We do, however, assist our clients to ensure the safe live transport of their own livestock, domestically and internationally.

Review our current Livestock listings.


Zero tolerance practices

We have a “zero tolerance” for the following practices by our workers:

  • castrating livestock
  • dehorning cattle
  • mouthing or tagging cattle without a fully operational crush
  • removing spare teats
  • using electric prodders.

Learn more about our range of Livestock services.


Killara Feedlot

Cattle that are destined for the feedlot are screened before transport to prevent the movement of unwell or pregnant animals.

Cattle are housed in pens which have shaded areas and are cleaned regularly. Pens are inspected by staff daily to detect any animal health issues and veterinarians inspect cattle on a monthly basis.

Killara maintains a series of accreditations, all of which are conditional on maintaining strict animal welfare standards.

Find out more about our Killara Feedlot.

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  1. Internal documents.