Feedlots and Permanent Off-Paddock Housing
SPCA opposes the farming of cattle in feedlots.
SPCA supports farming systems which allow cattle a choice of environment with sufficient shelter, shade, sufficient lying area, and appropriate stocking densities. Our organisation advocates that all cattle should have access to pasture and grazing in the grass-growing season, and should not be fed concentrates (including cereals) without sufficient additional roughage.
SPCA advocates that all cattle should have access to pasture and grazing in the grass-growing season, and opposes the permanent indoor housing of cattle.
There are many health and welfare benefits of providing cattle with access to pasture. Grazing is a normal behaviour for dairy cattle, and they must have the opportunity to graze whenever possible. While indoor housing may be appropriate temporarily, or for a time during certain periods of the year, SPCA opposes the permanent housing of cattle.