The Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System, or PCAS for short, is a certification program that enables grassfed cattle producers' to prove claims relating to pasturefed or grassfed production methods.
Underpinning PCAS are the PCAS Standards which govern the on-farm feed requirements and traceability of the cattle, as well as animal handling practices which influence eating quality. The PCAS Standards also include two optional modules to support claims relating to the freedom from antibiotics and hormone growth promotants (HGPs).
PCAS enables producers’ to prove that they operate grassfed production systems through having their systems certified. To gain certification producers needs to ensure that their on-farm practices comply with the requirements of the PCAS Standards and that they maintain accurate records to prove their compliance. The requirements of the PCAS Standards mean that eligible cattle:
· Have access to graze open pasture their entire life
· Have not been confined for the purposes of intensive feeding for production
· Are fully traceable for their entire life
· Are guaranteed to eat well, based on MSA, and if required
· Are free from Hormone Growth Promotants (HGPs) and/or
· Are free from antibiotics.
The third party on-site audits ensure that PCAS has high degree of integrity, as this process allows for independent verification that on-farm practices comply with the r PCAS Standards.
Producers that comply with the PCAS Standards and successfully complete an on-site audit are eligible to claim their product is "Certified Pasturefed" and use the Certified Pasturefed suite of certification marks.