Our standard is based on properly defining what is taking place on a farm. To this end, our farmers-
- may use any breed – although we maintain that indigenous breeds are better suited to a grass fed production system
- farmers are audited by SA Meat Industry Corporation (SAMIC) as well as undergo annual GFASA Strategy reviews on their farms
- abattoirs, deboners, butcheries and everyone else in the meat value chain is routinely audited
- GFSA brandmarks can only be placed on meat after successfully completing their audit and peer review
THE SYSTEM – OVERVIEW
So how does the system work, you ask. Simple:
FARMER successfully applies to become a member of GFASA – email here for forms.
FARMER will either be classified as –
- INITIATE – which means that the farmer is not yet ready to actively supply meat to market; OR
- ACTIVE MEMBER – farmer has cattle and a contract to supply certified grass fed and/or free range meat
GFASA will conduct a Strategy Review Audit (SRA) on the farm using GFASA Standards. Inspections will occur on the appointed abattoir, an overview of the contract between farmer and the buyer as well as an inspection on the premises of everyone down the value chain for the farmer’s meat.
SAMIC will audit the farmer using GFASA Protocol as well as the abattoir and everyone down the value chain for that farmer’s meat.
Farmer and everyone down the value chain must ensure that every pack of meat sold through the farmer bears GFASA labels. This ensures that every piece of meat that our supporting consumers purchase can be traced back to the farmer.
LABELS & CLAIMS
To help the consumer understand what the labels mean, here are the Definitions:
GRASS FED: Animal has from weaning up to its culling consumed its daily nutritional intake off grazing pastures (which includes natural and cultivated pastures). Pastures should be supplemented when nutrients are deficient, which supplementation may not contain any grain.
FREE RANGE: An animal has from its birth up to culling roamed freely on a farmer’s land without permanent restriction or being penned .
MEATSTAMPS To ensure traceability carcasses fro
m GFASA members MUST be stamped with the GFASA GF or FR Meat stamp at the abattoir.
BRANDMARKS / LABELS
To promote the common interests of persons and businesses involved in the Grass Fed Meat Industry in South Africa.
The GFASA farmers use the following as the core principles and must farm ruminant livestock in accordance thereto;
- humanely reared;
- proactively protected against disease, internal and external parasites;
- produced in a free ranging system;
- fed on grazing pasture, both natural (veld) and cultivated;
- supplemented with deficient nutrients to ensure optimal growth;
- free of administered growth enhancing drugs (hormones, growth stimulants, ionophores, routine antibiotics and beta antagonists);
- produced in a manner that contributes to a sustainable natural environment; and
- marketed in a manner mutually beneficial to the producer (fair price) and the consumer (quality and value)
The GFASA Protocols deal with and regulate the following issues:
Farmers should comply with the RPO and NERPO Code of Best Practice
- Farmers should comply with the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act
- Origin of Stock
- Health and Bio-security
- Branding and De-horning
- Protection & Maintenance of Natural Environment
- Water Supply
- Breed and or Phenotype Identification (optional)
- Handling and Transportation
- Predator Management
- Onwards Traceability
DEBONING PLANTS, MEAT WHOLESALERS, RETAILERS, BUTCHERS, HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
- Display and Selling Meat