Only 2-3% of Australia's cattle are in feedlots at any one time; yet feedlots contribute between 30 – 40% of Australia's beef production. A feedlot is a managed facility where livestock are provided a balanced and nutritious diet for the purpose of producing beef of consistent quality and quantity.

In Australia, grain fed cattle spend 85-90% of their lives on pasture then go to feedlots for finishing – to reach specific market weight requirements. The amount of time cattle spend in feedlots varies but on average its around 60-80 days for retailers and an average of 130 days for foodservice.

There are around 400 accredited feedlots in Australia and 96% of Australian feedlots are family owned. 60% are located in Queensland followed by 30% in NSW with the remainder shared between Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

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