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Last updated 4 March 2019

Between a third and a half of every animal who is bred for their meat, milk, eggs or fibre will not be eaten by people[1].

These body parts are instead subjected to rendering.

The rendering process ‘converts’ animal by-products into feed ingredients for living farm animals (mammals, birds and fish) and pets, as well as pharmaceutical ingredients, tallow, cosmetics and biofuels[2].

In 2015/16, the rendering establishments across Australia took in about 2.7 million tonnes of ‘raw material’ (body parts) and produced about 1.25 million tonnes of rendered products[3].

Rendering facilities are accredited under a program managed by Aus-Meat Limited. As at 2019, there are 87 accredited rendering facilities in Australia (NSW = 23, QLD = 23, Vic = 20, SA = 11, WA = 7, Tas = 3 and NT = 0)[4].



[1] Meeker DL & Hamilton CR (2006), Essential Rendering - All About The Animal By-Products Industry, National Renderers Association, ISBN: 0-9654660-3-5.

[2] Australian Renderers Association, <> [accessed: March 2019].

[3] Australian Renderers Association 2015-16 Rendering Facts. PDF available for download from here.

[4] Aus-Meat ARA Accredited Search tool: [accessed: March 2019].


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