Framework for beef cattle

Entry level requirements

  1. Beef cattle are sentient, feeling pain/suffering as well as joy/pleasure. Schemes should focus on reducing negative and increasing positive welfare towards a good life.

  2. Standards comply with EU Laws & Regulations.

  3. Standards ensure lifetime assurance, covering the entire lifetime of that animal (rear, farm, transport and slaughter).

  4. Standards are independently verified by a 3rd party once every calendar year. A robust, transparent certification process is in place with ongoing monitoring, feedback and improvement mechanism.

  5. Where criteria aren’t currently practical, programmes promote continuous improvement in other ways (Research, lobby government, work with industry) to facilitate systemic change towards outcome.

Reducing negative experiences

Increasing positive experiences

Beef cattle good life opportunities


  • Choice of physical environment

  • Choice of thermal environment

  • Choice within the environment whilst minimising harm


  • Choice of type of food and how it is obtained

  • Opportunities for play

  • Maintenance of cow-calf bond


  • Positively enriched environment

  • Pasture choices


  • Positive experiences with stock-keepers

  • Positive social interactions

A healthy life

  • Management policy for positive health

  • Breeding for positive welfare

  • Promoting telos