Australia’s meat safety systems continue from the farm and feedlot onto the saleyard and during transportation.

As livestock leave the farm or the feedlot, their movement is governed by a number of programs and systems to ensure their integrity is protected and therefore that Australian red meat and livestock products will be safe and hygienic.

The programs that are in place at the saleyard and during transportation include:

  • TruckCare
  • National Saleyard Quality Assurance
  • National Livestock Identification System


TruckCare is a quality management system for the road transportation sector of the red meat and livestock supply chain. Now a critical part of the Australian Federal Government's Australian Animal Welfare Strategy for Livestock, this system is independently audited, ensuring that animal welfare standards along with product safety, integrity, biosecurity and traceability are maintained at all times throughout animal transportation.

TruckCare easily integrates with other quality programs across the Australian meat and livestock sectors to provide extra assurance to customers that the quality of the product is protected even during the short period the livestock spend on transport.

National Saleyard Quality Assurance

While TruckCare protects the livestock on the road, the National Saleyard Quality Assurance (NSQA) program applies in the saleyards.

Similarly to the transportation sector of the supply chain, livestock only spend a very short period of their lives in a saleyard, but Australia does not see this as a reason to let meat safety systems lapse.

NSQA addresses the key quality issues and hazards within the saleyard sector including:

  • Food safety
  • Product quality
  • Stock identification and traceability
  • Stakeholder satisfaction and services provided

NSQA follows the flow of livestock from the minute they step off the truck to final dispatch. This quality assurance approach encompasses numerous elements from watering, feeding, veterinary care and truck washing facilities through to effluent disposal and animal welfare considerations. Such attention to detail provides world’s best practice standards to Australia’s saleyards and backs up Australia’s global reputation for food safety.

National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) continues on from the farm or feedlot into the saleyards and during transporation. NLIS provides consumers of Australian meat with guaranteed traceability through the lifecycle of the animal.

Saleyards are responsible for reading and recording livestock transactions in the NLIS database which provides another link in the traceability chain. In Australia, NLIS ensures that the traceability of livestock does not break down in the saleyard.

These unique systems that have been adopted at each point in the Australian red meat and livestock supply chain guarantee the integrity and the ultimate safety and hygiene of the final product.

Did You Know...

Australia holds a disease free status for FMD and TSE (BSE or 'mad-cows' disease and Scrapie)

The Australian red meat industry works closely with state and federal government agencies to ensure Australia’s meat safety systems remain world class.

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