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Our Sustainability

Overview

We continue to build on our proud 140-year history of being one of Australia’s leading quality beef producers focusing on producing consistent, great-tasting beef, building long term customer partnerships whilst caring for our people, animals and environment.NAPCo cattle roam and graze on grasslands that were pioneered over 140 years ago. Thanks to generations of experience and responsible care, our pastures are just as fertile today as they when our original founders first ran cattle on Alexandria Downs back in 1877.

Sustainability and the welfare of our animals have always been at the heart of our business and we remain committed to ensuring a viable and enduring future for our company, our employees, our partners, our customers and our livestock. We continue to build on our proud 140-year history of being one of Australia’s leading quality beef producers focusing on producing consistent, great-tasting beef, building long term customer partnerships whilst caring for our people, animals and environment.

Sustainability

The North Australian Pastoral Company (NAPCo) has a proud history of operating in a sustainable manner. We are continuously reviewing and improving our sustainability practices to maximise the care we provide for our cattle, the environment, our people and the communities we operate in.

Increasingly the world is focusing on sustainability issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, water scarcity, animal welfare and workplace health and safety. The appropriate management of all of these areas is vital to the long-term future of our business. This is why we have developed our own Sustainability Framework based on 4 key pillars:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Environment
  • Health and Safety
  • Our People.

In addition to these 4 pillars, we will implement a robust governance structure that underpins our credentials, whilst also providing internal and external stakeholders with clear company positions on material issues. In turn, we believe this will benefit consumer confidence in the sustainability of NAPCo products.

By setting goals and targets wherever possible, we will continuously improve performance and consolidate our position as a leading Australian beef producer. To achieve this, we will:

  • Measure and monitor material sustainability metrics to understand our performance
  • Invest in initiatives that drive improved outcomes across all four pillars of our sustainability framework
  • Investigate the latest technology and innovations to further enhance our performance to relevant stakeholders
  • Engage with key stakeholders including industry bodies, NGOs, government, investors and peers to contribute to improve the industry’s performance.

“We have cattle grazing pastures today which have been continuously grazed for 140 years; and to me, that’s sustainability in action.”

Nigel Alexander, NAPCo

Animal Welfare

Quiet Cattle

At NAPCo we are 100% committed to the welfare, well-being and health of our livestock. Care for our livestock has always been a priority for the company. Specifically, we focus on the following five priority areas:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Competent livestock handling
  • Safe livestock transport
  • Humane processing
  • Promoting animal health.

The company’s position on Animal Welfare is outlined in our Animal Welfare Position Statement.

As a guide to managing best practice animal welfare outcomes, NAPCo also adheres to the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle.

Environment

Sustainability in Action

Even before the phrase “sustainable farming” was coined, our cattle-breeding ancestors knew that a quality product resulted from sensitive management of both their livestock and the land.

Maintaining good ground and tree cover is essential to successfully work hand-in-hand with the environment. Our graziers philosophy is ‘forest friendly’ with all our properties grazed in a responsible, sustainable approach.

In 2009, NAPCo entered into a formal partnership with Bush Heritage Australia to support conservation initiatives across our 14 North Australian and Queensland properties. As part of our environmental commitment, NAPCo have dedicated sections of three properties as Nature Refuge; the equivalent of 400,000 hectares of protected land, and with a goal to increase this over time.

NAPCo is committed to strengthening the adaptation and resilience of our lands biodiversity, productivity and carbon density and ultimately, its longevity. Our pristine natural environment, clean rivers and fertile grasslands are a testament to our long term sustainability vision.

NAPCo is committed to preserving and protecting the natural Australian environments we graze and the flora and fauna within.