"Recognising excellence across the Australian cattle lot feeding industry”

The Australian cattle feedlot industry has a rich history, and ALFA is proud to recognise and promote business and individual excellence in the lot feeding industry through Industry Awards since 1991.

ALFA is very proud of the businesses and individuals that make up the industry and that selflessly aspire to develop personally and professionally, as well as continually committing to improve industry practices for the betterment of the sector.


2019 Awards & Scholarships
  • Feedlot of the Year Award
  • Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award
  • Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal
  • Innovator of the Year Award
  • Research Project of the Year Award
  • Margin & People Management (MPM) Program Scholarship
  • ALFA Conference Scholarships
  • Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Scholarship
  • Training Rural Australians in Leadership (ARLP) Scholarship
  • Outstanding Services to the Feedlot Industry Award
  • ALFA Life Membership



Young Lot Feeder of the Year (YLFY) Award
Proudly sponsored by Performance Feeds

Click here to download more information on the Award. 
Click here to download the Entry Form.

Entries Open - 1 June 2019
Entries Close - 30 June 2019


  • 1994 - Warren Salter, Sandalwood
  • 1995 - Roger Matthews, Myola
  • 1996 - Michael Doyle, Beef City
  • 1997 - Greg Gibbons, Aronui
  • 1998 - Jason Shearer-Smith, Smithfield
  • 1999 - Stephen Reynolds, Charlton Feedlot
  • 2000 - Grant Garey, Jindalee Feedlot
  • 2001 - Troy Setter, Killara
  • 2002 - Gina Lincoln, Peechelba
  • 2003 - Andrew Rushford, Miamba
  • 2004 - Geoff Cornford, Wainui
  • 2005 - Scott McDouall, Charlton Feedlot
  • 2006 - Shane Bullock, Jindalee Feedlot
  • 2007 - Briana Daly, Charlton Feedlot
  • 2008 - Will McCrohon, JBS Australia - Prime City Feedlot
  • 2009 - Matt Luhrs, JBS Australia - Mungindi Feedlot
  • 2010 - David Maconochie, Hopkins River
  • 2011 - Nick Chambers, JBS Austalia - Riverina Beef
  • 2012 - Jordan Peach, Mort & Co - Grassdale Feedlot
  • 2013 - Stephen Martin, Elders - Killara Feedlot
  • 2014 - Emily Perkins, JBS - Prime City
  • 2015 - Andrew Slack, Smithfield Cattle Company
  • 2016 - Emily Pollock, Mort & Co - Gunnee Feedlot
  • 2017 - Thomas Green, Iranda Feedlot
  • 2018 - Ben Attewell, ACC Brindley Park 

Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal     
Proudly sponsored by Zoetis             

Click here to download more information on the Medal. 
Click here to download the Entry Form.


Entries Open - 1 June 2019
Entries Close - 30 June 2019

T&Cs Apply:

  • Only fully completed entries will be judged.
  • The Top 6 applicants will be invited to undertake a workplace interview, conducted by the judging panel, and organized at a time suitable to all parties, to progress to the final round of judging.
  • Applicants are advised that having general knowledge of the Award sponsor would be an advantage and they may be required to answer general questions relating to the nature of the Sponsor’s business during the face-to-face judging round.
  • The Top 3 Finalists will be invited to the ALFA SmartBeef 2019 Conference for the presentation of the overall Medal winner. Conference registration fees and accommodation for Grand Finalists is included in the prize.
  • All Finalists agree to be part of the promotion of the Award.


Innovator of the Year Award
Proudly sponsored by IAP

Click here to download more information on the Award.
Click here to enter online.


Entries Open - 1 June 2019
Entries Close - 30 August 2019



Research of the Year Award
Proudly sponsored by Bovine Dynamics & Quirindi Feedlot Services.

The Research of the Year Award is designed to promote excellence and scientific professionalism for the advancement of communication between tertiary institutions and the Australian cattle feedlot industry. The competition aims to provide students an opportunity to share their research in relevant intensive animal and veterinary science disciplines with the Australian feedlot industry.

Click here to download more information. 
Click here to complete the entry form.


Entries Open - 1 June 2019
Entries Close - 30 August 2019


Conference Scholarships 
Proudly sponsored by ALFA and Meat & Livestock Australia.


This is an invaluable opportunity for you to secure a full complimentary registration to attend SmartBeef, held at the Dalby Showgrounds, QLD on October 2 - 4. To view the Program and all other details head to 

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association is providing a number of scholarships to students undertaking tertiary studies in an agricultural related field to attend the feedlot industry’s premier technical event, SMARTBEEF.
The scholarship will be awarded to students who show an interest in lot feeding, and/or associated fields. The student will be selected on the quality of their submitted answers and their relevancy to our sponsors.

The scholarship will cover a full conference registration. This includes a two-day conference ticket, including all social functions. Please note that all other expenses incurred with attending the event, including travel & accommodation expenses are at the scholars own expense. Twin share accommodation can be arranged to bring down the cost of accommodation – this can be discussed once you find out if you are a successful candidate. 


Applications Open - 1 June 2019
Applications Close - 30 August 2019


Outstanding Services to the Feedlot Industry Award  

Proudly sponsored by the Australian Lot Feeders' Association

This Award is awarded in SMARTBEEF Conference years (odd years).

Entries Open - 1 June 2019
Entries Close - 30 August 2019


Australian Rural Leadership Foundation's TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program 

ALFA, in conjunction with MLA, sponsors two feedlot industry professionals to attend the TRAIL Program each year.  One position is reserved for the winner of the ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award whilst the second position is an by application. 

Click here to go to the ARLF's website for more information on the Program.

The next TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program will run on 30 September - 10 October 2019 - Awarded to Bet Attewell, Brindley Park (2018 Young Lot Feeder of the Year)

How to Apply
To register your interest in applying for an Industry sponsored position, forward your resume along with a cover letter outlining why you wish to participate in the Program and what you are hoping to get out of the opportunity to



Australian Rural Leadership Program

ALFA, in conjunction with MLA, sponsors one feedlot industry participant to attend the ARLP each year. 

Click here for more information and the apply.

Applications are now open.


For further information regarding our Awards, contact ALFA here.