Beef cattle - what are we doing?
Some of the ways we are working to give beef cattle a better quality of life include:
RSPCA welfare standards for beef cattle
Our scientific team works to develop RSPCA welfare standards for the main species of farm animals, and we encourage as many beef cattle farmers as possible to adopt them. These detailed documents are intended to represent ‘best practice’ in the care and welfare of beef cattle and are used within the RSPCA’s Freedom Food scheme and by many other bodies and organisations.
The RSPCA welfare standards cover every aspect of the animals’ lives, including feed and water provision, living conditions, management, health care, transport, and humane slaughter/killing. The standards are designed to ensure that all animals reared according to the requirements have everything they need for a really good quality of life.
Engaging with decision makers
We take every opportunity to put forward our views to encourage improvements in the welfare of cattle. As part of this our scientific staff represent our views on government and industry cattle committees, such as the Cattle Health and Welfare Group for England which is an industry wide group tasked with making improvements to the health and welfare of beef and dairy cattle in England.
Welfare of veal calves
We are working to ensure that as many veal calves as possible are reared under humane conditions and not transported live from the UK. Find out more about our work for veal calves in our dairy cattle.
Find out how you can help to improve the lives of beef cattle.