This item captures all the actions developed by the Grassland Alliance at the regional level and its national partners at the level of each country, aimed at obtaining the beef certification produced under the Alliance Certification Protocol.
The partners develop local actions for the registration of the Alliance logo and grassland beef certification processes, which are specific to each country, within a common regional base.
Regional Protocol for Grassland Meat
The Grasslands Alliance, gathering the wills of a wide spectrum of actors from the region of the grasslands (fields and pampas) of an extensive region of Uruguay, Argentina, southern Brazil and southern Paraguay, proposes to indicate with its own seal the meats whose production process contributes to the conservation of natural grasslands and their biodiversity.
The strategy of the Grassland Beef Implementation Program is to improve the commercial policy and the management of livestock activity based on natural grasslands.
The Alliance Beef seal, associated to the Grasslands Alliance logo, allows consumers to identify and prefer a grassland-friendly product that supports important natural grasslands, that support native species of plants and animals whose survival is threatened with extinction.
The products distinguished with the Grassland Alliance seal also tend to mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases (responsible for Global Climate Change), provide the well-being of the animals during their life span in the grasslands, favor the permanence and livelihoods of rural families associated with traditional livestock systems and guarantee health and safety conditions for the consumer.
The following file presents the Certification Protocol for the Alliance Beef according to the stated criteria, carried out by the Grasslands Alliance.
This regional protocol has been adapted to each country, attending to the particularities of the prevailing productive systems, but always maintaining the spirit of the Grassland Alliance that promotes the conservation of natural grasslands with all the benefits associated for populations (human and animals) that depend on it.
The main points of the protocol are summarized in the mandatory criteria that rural establishments must meet. They are:
Five mandatory criteria
I. Rural property in legal and administrative condition according to the requirements of your district, province or country, under compliance with procedures, records, resolutions and national regulations in force, with the proper health plan of the cattle backed by a professional and the labor regime of the employees in order.
II. Nominal adherence of the owner of the rancher to the Vision and Mission of the Grassland Alliance.
III. Free access of the animals to sufficient sources of drink and shade.
IV. Grass-based feeding with a tolerance limit of up to 30% concentrates, or the equivalent - in the animal's diet - up to 1% of live weight, in the total absence of feeding in confinement.
V. At least 50% of the total surface of the property covered by natural grasslands. The "Fifth Criterion" is the fundamental requirement - the proportion of natural grasslands of the property is a fundamental requirement that indicates the essence of what is intended by the Grassland Alliance.
Traditionally, the Grassland Alliance holds a large annual event called the Grasslands Alliance Ranchers Gathering which alternates venues between the four partner countries. The Rancher Gathering provides the natural environment for the exchange of experiences between producers and technicians from different regions. During two days of fellowship, the producers present the productive and conservation experiences that are carried out in their ranches and then the field trip is carried out in a selected farm observing different management of natural pastures, livestock and fauna.
The research work carried out in the different countries on conservation issues, grassland management, bird monitoring and climate change is also presented.
The experience of the Ranchers Gatherings has been extended to other natural grassland regions, and there are more and more participants from the rest of the hemisphere.
The first meeting was held in the town of Bagé, Brazil and since then it has continued uninterruptedly for 14 years.