Energy and water use
Feedlots and intensive finishing systems can be significant users of energy and water. It is important that these are managed efficiently to ensure environmental and economic sustainability.
Energy is primarily used for milling and mixing the feed and delivering it to the animals in the feedlot. The majority of the water used is consumed by the animals as drinking water. Water is also used in the feed milling process and tio suppress dust. The availability and security of water has been identified as the most significant issue limiting the growth potential and size of the feedlot sector.
The increasing cost of energy and the scarcity of water mean that feedlot and intensive finishing operations must proactively manage energy and water usage.
National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme
The NFAS requires that environmental management procedures be established and implemented in adherence with the National Beef Cattle Feedlot Environmental Code of Practice. This includes the management of water to ensure sufficient supplies of good quality water are available at all times.
These procedures ensure that clear and achievable environmental objectives are outlined and performance indicators, operational practices and monitoring programs established. Through the NFAS:
- Feedlot managers must be aware of and adhere to their environmental legislative requirements.
- Employees must be aware of and adhere to their environmental management responsibilities and be adequately trained.
A feedlot's environmental performance is reviewed through the NFAS on an annual basis or as required by the regulatory authority.
- The Australian Lot Feeders' Association is the peak national body for the beef cattle feedlot industry in Australia.