Countdown to NFAS Changes – 1 March 2018

13 February 2018

Changes to the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) Rules and Standards come into effect on 1 March 2018.

First announced in September 2017 the changes focus on delivering increased clarity around animal welfare, incident reporting, risk analysis and planning, and equipment calibration.

NFAS accredited feedlots are encouraged to:

  1. Obtain a copy and ensure the revised Rules and Standards are incorporated into the feedlot’s documented quality system where appropriate by 1 March 2018;
  2. Review the document and implement any required changes to the feedlot operation to ensure compliance to the revised Rules and Standards; and
  3. Destroy and/or make obsolete the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (Handbook) August 2015 and NFAS Advice notices relating to Standards issued prior to this Advice. 

Four case studies examining how different sectors of lot feeding had embraced the changes were prepared by ALFA. Hear from:

Workshops to explain the amendments were attended by more than 170 lot feeders in Emerald and Dalby, Queensland; Tamworth, Moama and Wagga Wagga, NSW; Murray Bridge, South Australia; and Western Australia in September, and a comprehensive electronic information pack was emailed directly to all NFAS-accredited lot feeders nationally.

Further information on the NFAS changes is available from AUS-MEAT: phone 07 3361 9200 or visit: