Fact Sheets

Heat Load in Feedlot Cattle

POSTED 19-Nov-2018


As we move further into warmer months, it is important for all feedlots to be conscious of heat load. This document will run through what is heat load, how it is caused and what tools and tips you need to mitigate your risk.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines

POSTED 18-Oct-2018


Antimicrobials (antibiotics) are a vital tool in both human and animal medicine. In Australian feedlots, antimicrobials play an indispensable role in helping us manage the health and welfare of cattle under our care.

Guide to Alternative Feedstuffs

POSTED 06-Sep-2018


With limited supply and increasing cost of feedstuffs traditionally used in feedlot rations caused by drought conditions, there is growing interest in making greater use of alternatives feedstuffs.

Animal Welfare Update

POSTED 28-Sep-2016


In 2011 ALFA undertook a review of how effectively the industry is addressing animal welfare to ensure lot feeders continue to meet industry, government and community expectations in the production of grain fed beef. This document provides information on the successful animal welfare initiatives that the industry has implemented since the initial review.

Animal welfare management

POSTED 02-Oct-2015


There are many steps and processes involved in safeguarding the welfare of animals on Australian feedlots.

Animal welfare

POSTED 01-Oct-2015


ALFA has a proud animal welfare record. The feedlot industry embraced quality assurance early taking the lead in the development of the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS.)

The ethanol question

POSTED 01-Oct-2015


ALFA is concerned that Federal and State Government assistance for the ethanol industry distorts grain markets, contributes to increases in food prices and threatens rural businesses that are forced to compete with the ethanol sector for grain.

Hormone growth promotants

POSTED 01-Oct-2015


There is a misconception that Hormone Growth Promotants (HGP’s) may pose a potential human health risk. This briefing note explains how HGP’s are safe whilst improving productivity, consumer beef prices and the environment.

The feedlot industry and the environment

POSTED 01-Oct-2015


The Australian feedlot industry is committed to the protection of the natural environment. Responsible environmental management is critical to the economic.

Key feedlot industry statistics

POSTED 01-Oct-2015


Covering everything from the number of feedlots in Australia to the education levels of feedlot managers, our key statistics document provides a snapshot of the Australian feedlot industry.

Water and the feedlot industry

POSTED 04-Aug-2014


Water scarcity is a major issue in Australia and one that ALFA is addressing head on. Water scarcity is likely to become an even greater issue as climate change and competition among users intensifies in the coming years.

What happens on a feedlot?

POSTED 04-Aug-2014


Australian cattle spend most of their lives on pasture before being transferred to a feedlot. Owing to the impacts of drought, the lack of pasture land in northern Australia and the market’s desire for grain fed beef, feedlots are necessary to ensuring that cattle achieve marketable weights.

What lot feeders need to know about Coal Seam Gas

POSTED 04-Aug-2014


The anticipated growth of the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry over the coming decades will see land owners across Australia come under increased pressure to grant access to their land. ALFA is committed to ensuring that landowners are fully aware of the issues and what their options are.

The Australian cattle feedlot industry

POSTED 14-Jul-2014


Beef is big business in Australia and the cattle feedlot industry contributes significant value to the Australian economy. This factsheet provides a comprehensive overview of the Australian feedlot industry.

Grass versus grain fed beef

POSTED 14-Jul-2014


Inaccuracies abound in the public domain regarding the alleged pros and cons of grain and grass fed beef. The reality is that in Australia grain and grass fed production systems complement each other.

National Biosecurity Manual for Beef Cattle Feedlots

POSTED 30-Sep-2013


This manual has been produced as a tool that feedlots can use to translate biosecurity practices into operating procedures and work instructions.