INDONESIAN customers of Australian cattle have been recognised for their dedication to animal welfare through an awards program developed by the Consolidated Pastoral Co.
CPC is one of Australia’s largest cattle companies and a major stakeholder in the Australia-Indonesian cattle trade, running 400,000 cattle across 16 properties in northern Australia and owning and operating two feedlots in Indonesia.
CEO Troy Setter said CPC’s Indonesian operations Juang Jaya Abdi Alam (JJAA) held awards each year to recognise the company’s own and their customer’s culture in maintaining high animal welfare standards.
“The awards are a great opportunity for our Indonesian customers to showcase their animal welfare efforts and be acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to animal welfare,” Mr Setter said.
Thirty-two CPC/JJAA customers took part in the awards which were judged by the JJAA animal welfare and management team.
The customers were judged on their facilities, equipment, animal welfare indicators and the operational management of the cattle and the abattoirs.
The 2017/2018 Animal Welfare Awards saw PT Karya Angugerah Rumpin (Karawaci) win the award for consistently showing outstanding performance across the areas judged, earning IDR$50m (AUD $5000) for their efforts.
Mr Setter said CPC/JJAA has its own team of animal welfare officers in Indonesia training, checking and supporting customers every day, and also utilise independent auditors to check and test the company’s processes and systems as well as those of its customers.
For the second year running, CPC’s Indonesian operations have won MLA’s annual Feedlot Competition Champion for the feedlot’s efficiency of operations and management of cattle.
The competition aims to connect Australian livestock producers with Indonesian lot feeders that finish their livestock. The competition judged four feedlots in Lampung Indonesia, including JJAA, which hold Australian cattle.
Mr Setter said two team members from JJAA were awarded with tickets to the BEEF Australia 2018 conference in Rockhampton, Queensland, and tours to Australian cattle production facilities where they learnt about cattle management and cattle nutrition and shared experienced between Indonesian lot feeders.