The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) is the peak national body representing the Australian cattle feedlot industry.
ALFA membership represents over 70% of Australian cattle feedlots, in terms of number of cattle on feed.
ALFA seeks to improve the profitability, professionalism and community standing of the cattle feedlot industry via representation, strategic levy investment, industry development activities and member assistance.
ALFA’s Strategic Plan is aligned with the broader Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP). It has been developed using input from lot feeders, other peak industry councils, levy funded service providers and other relevant stakeholders.
ALFA is responsible for:
Representing and promoting the views of the cattle feedlot industry.
Directing the expenditure of the grain fed cattle transaction levy.
Improving the industry through the development and delivery of standards, training, events, leadership, awards, career development and employment opportunities.
Providing membership services
ALFA is represented on over 50 industry committees covering all areas of the grain fed beef industry including trade, consumer marketing, research and development, animal health and welfare, planning and corporate affairs.
ALFA proudly represents over 70% of Australian cattle feedlots, in terms of number of cattle on feed.
ALFA has implemented several significant industry initiatives.
National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS)
When ALFA developed NFAS, it was the first quality assurance program implemented in Australian agriculture. It requires every accredited feedlot to be independently audited on an annual basis to ensure they comply with animal welfare, environmental and food safety legislation.
Meat Standards Australia (MSA)
ALFA was the primary driver behind the development and implementation of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) eating quality assurance scheme for beef.
Grain Fed Beef Standards & Specifications
ALFA established a series of minimum standards and specifications for ‘grain fed’ beef that were subsequently incorporated into the AUS-MEAT trading language.
National Beef Cattle Feedlot Environmental Code of Practice & National Guidelines for Beef Cattle Feedlots
ALFA developed the Code of Practice to provide nationally consistent minimum requirements for the establishment and operation of feedlots from an environmental perspective. The Guidelines provide guidance on how the Code of Practice requirements may be achieved.