Proudly sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Livestock_Pen Riding_RangersValley_2021_

Australian feedlots are vital to the fabric of rural and regional Australia by creating jobs, supporting families, and contributing to local economies and the environment.


This award recognises and rewards those feedlots that are actively nourishing their local communities and environment by going above and beyond to support their community, that ‘give-back’ and better the environment around them.

Examples of activites that feedlots undertake that actively nourish communities and environment include:

Social initiatives:

  • Outreach and engagement with local indigenous groups, schools, aged care, disabled groups

  • Working with local council to improve parks and recreation facilities in the area

  • Working with local clubs or show society to improve facilities for greater attendance

  • Donating cattle, staff, feed etc to local initiatives such as competitions, camp drafting etc

  • Flexible working arrangements so that staff can contribute to a local community initiative

  • Hosting groups on site to conduct tours to help educate local communities on feedlot operations


Environmental initiatives:

  • Planting of trees with local council or involvement in community clean up for a greener and cleaner community

  • Engaging with local groups on the conservation and protection of natural habitats land, rivers and the wildlife within them

For some real-life examples of initiatives, you can also read the below articles:

There is no limit to the number of times an entrant can apply. For example, an entrant may enter more than one initiative per year and they may enter the same initiative more than once, over multiple years.



To be eligible for entry, feedlots must:

  • Be NFAS accredited.

  • Be a current financial member of the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA).

  • Fully complete the online entry form.

  • Agree to be part of the promotion of the Award and agree to allow ALFA, the sponsor, and other interested parties to share their news article or video wider as they deem appropriate.

To enter, you need to complete and submit the following:

  • Fill out the online entry form and submit before the close date.

  • Include a link to a published online news article/blog/social media post or a publicly available video clip that outlines, promotes and/or demonstrates your feedlot’s community initiative and its impact on the local community.

  • Include a letter from the Feedlot Manager endorsing the feedlot’s involvement in the nominated community initiative that provides further input into what impact and long-term benefits the initiative is having on the community and the feedlot.

  • The impact of the initiative on the community (50% weighting);

  • The sustainability and longevity of the initiative (30% weighting);

  • The practicality of the initiative to be scalable across other feedlots (10% weighting);

  • The quality of story-telling: the what, why, when, who, and how (10% weighting).


Any feedlot that enters this Award and is also participating in the Australian Feedlot of the Year Competition 2021 will have a bonus point automatically applied in their second-round judging score.


  • An engraved winners plaque.

  • A $5,000 cash donation towards a local charity, business, or feedlot initiative.

  • The opportunity to have your story shared to a national audience via ALFA publications (ie the ALFA Lotfeeding Journal and via



  • Entries Open: 2  May 2022

  • Entries Close: 31 August 2022

  • Winner Announced: ALFA Conference, BeefEx 18-20 October 2022


To enter, complete the following entry form and ensure you submit your completed form and supporting documents before the close date.


Entry Form


Upload the letter of endorsement from the Feedlot Manager using the upload button below (PDF file only):

Upload File

Thank you for entering the ALFA Community Heroes Award, proudly sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition. ALFA will be in touch soon to confirm your entry.​ If you have any questions, please contact ALFA at or (02) 9290 3700

with thanks to our platinum member sponsor