Our Standards

Cattle Production Systems





Throughout the last three years, the Sustainable Agriculture Network Secretariat and SAN partners have worked together with CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) towards the creation of a complementary SAN Standard for Sustainable Cattle Production Systems.

This standard was developed following the SAN´s standards development process including two rounds of public consultation in compliance with ISEAL Alliance guidelines. The final version of the SAN Standard for Sustainable Cattle Production Systems was published in July 2010. 


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SAN Standard for Sustainable Cattle Production Systems, July 2010 (PDF)



This standard includes 5 principles and 36 additional criteria dedicated to the following topics:

1.  Integrated cattle management system
2.  Sustainable range and pasture management
3.  Animal welfare
4.  Reducing the carbon footprint
5.  Additional environmental requirements for cattle farms

Additionally, the current SAN standards on water protection and waste management are being adapted and strengthened for cattle farms.

Cattle farms that are eligible for certification will be evaluated based on the criteria of both the SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standard and the Standard for Sustainable Cattle Production Systems.