Animal Welfare & Community
While we operate globally – we do this with a small, agile and values focused team. Napparoy Agriculture takes pride in the fact that our size means we operate efficiently and function more like a family, than a big business. This sentiment drives the way we look after the animals in our care, and the way we interact with our customers, our suppliers and our community.
Improving Animal Welfare
Managing and caring for livestock is a privilege that we enjoy, but also comes with great responsibility – and opportunity. We firmly believe that well cared for, content livestock are not only good for business, they’re good for the soul! This passion is ingrained in our values from lifetimes of experience raising and handling livestock. As a long standing holder of an Australian Livestock Export Licence we are acutely aware, not only of our responsibility to meet regulatory requirements throughout our supply chains, but that we must also always be striving to exceed the expectations of our customers, suppliers, employees and the community. Whether it be on suppliers farms, in quarantine, on our ships or when they are delivered into the care of our customers – Good animal health and welfare is not possible without active management and the patient, attentive and watchful eyes of those entrusted with their care.
Some examples of where we are optimising animal health and welfare include:
Sourcing Livestock & Supply Chain Feedback
- Providing feedback to producers on outcomes from livestock we have purchased – including average daily weight gains, vet treatments or test results to assist them to make improvements on farm.
- Allowing longer time prior to shipping for animals to adjust to feed and socialisation with other animals.
- Additional vaccinations and treatments to minimise risk of illness during quarantine, shipping and after delivery.
- Targeted feeding rations to maximise recovery from transport, promote healthy rumen function and/or avoid stress or discomfort in changing seasons.
- Selection of modern ships for transport with consideration for ventilation and ease of access to feed and water.
- Hand picked, well regarded stock people and veterinarians to actively manage and care for our stock while in transit.
- Regular reviews of customer facilities and systems.
- Regular supply chain audits to ensure control and traceability and animal welfare are maintained throughout the lifetime of the animals we supply.
- Animal welfare programs, systems and equipment implemented to meet Australian standards are now also used for livestock from elsewhere. Without our input and involvement, this would not be possible.
Community & Stakeholders
We’re stock people at heart. We take pride in seeing well prepared cattle, with bright eyes and clean coats, calmly sitting down chewing their cud. Our bellies are filled with humble satisfaction from their subtle looks of appreciation when we clean a water trough, fill a feed bunk, remove a grass seed from an eye, or treat an injury. This sentiment is living every day in every link of our supply chain – on our suppliers farms, in our feed yards, and on livestock ships. Napparoy Agriculture has an unwavering commitment to improving health and welfare of all animals and contributing to the sustainable and ongoing success of our suppliers, our customers and their communities. The Australian Livestock Export Industry contributes untold value to Australian rural and regional communities. Some of the contributors and beneficiaries along our supply chain include:
- Farmers and Station Owners and Managers
- Mustering Pilots
- Truck Drivers
- Stock Agents
- Grain and Hay Farms
- Feed Mills
- Government Staff
- Port Staff
- Quarantine Owners and Staff
- Shipping Agents
- Mechanics & Engineers
- Ship Supply and Catering Companies
- Ships Crew(up to 50 crew may go ashore spending money in local economy when in port)
The economic and social ripples created by these individuals spread throughout rural, regional and even urban communities throughout Australia. This is all before the ship leaves the port and does not begin to touch on the financial and social value the trade contributes to the economies and communities of our trading partners.