Striving for excellence in feedlot design and management.



The Australian Feedlot of the Year competition is an initiative of the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA). Since its inception in 1991, the competition has aimed to encourage continuous improvement within the feedlot industry and to recognise those feedlots that are operating their business at the forefront of the principles of the National Feedlot Assurance Scheme (NFAS).

The competition is open to all NFAS accredited feedlots, no matter if you’re small, medium or large, family run or a corporate operation – the competition is designed to find the very best of the best and to encourage continuous industry improvement.

Thanks to the support of Integrity Systems, AUS-MEAT and ALFA this competition is free to enter.



To be eligible entrants must be:

  • An NFAS accredited feedlot.​




The competition runs across four size categories, according to feedlot constructed capacity:

  • Under 3,000 head

  • Between 3,001 – 8,000 head

  • Between 8,001 – 15,000 head

  • Above 15,001 head


A winner is awarded in each size category, based on their ability to meet and exceed NFAS principles across five main areas, including:

  • Quality Assurance Culture

  • Product Integrity

  • Environmental Responsibility

  • Animal Welfare Responsibility

  • Business Planning:

    • Attracting and Retaining Staff

    • Community Amenity and Social Accountability

    • Innovation

    • Product Integrity and Supply Chain Management


After filling out the simple entry form below (takes less than a minute), AUS-MEAT provides each entrant a questionnaire to complete that covers questions relating to the above NFAS principles/judging criteria. The Under 3,000 head size category is not required to fill out this questionnaire, instead, the NFAS auditor will complete it with you during your usual annual NFAS audit.

The competition involves two judging rounds.


The first round, is conducted by AUS-MEAT in conjunction with the feedlot’s annual NFAS audit, and is based on verifying entrants’ responses to their online self-assessment questionnaire (provided at time of entry). Scores from round one reveals the competition finalists who progress to round two.


Round two provides finalist feedlots with the opportunity to further demonstrate what sets their feedlot apart to an independent judging panel. It involves the judging panel conducting a feedlot visit and interview with the feedlot manager in August/September (approx 2-3 hours). Points are accumulated between rounds to determine overall winners.

Finalists are encouraged to attend ALFA's BeefEx 2021 Conference for the announcement of the overall winners.

All entrants will receive confidential individualised benchmarking feedback at the conclusion of the Competition.



All entrants receive individual and highly valuable benchmarking feedback. Finalists are included in the theatre of the winner announcement at ALFA’s BeefEx Conference. Overall winners have the opportunity to take advantage of the considerable marketing benefits associated with winning the award. A winner-specific logo is provided to each category winner for their use, along with a trophy.


  • Receive individual benchmarking feedback.


  • 6-8 Finalists are selected to progress to the second round judging and will be involved in the final award presentation at BeefEx.


A winner is announced within each size category, and recieves: 

  • A keepsake trophy.

  • Branding collateral.



  • Entries Open: 1 October 2020

  • Entries Close: 30 November 2020

  • Round 1 Judging: 1 February - 18 June 2021 (aligned with your annual NFAS audit)

  • Finalists Announced:  7 July 2021 *date may change without notice

  • Round 2 Judging:  26 July - 13 August 2021

  • Overall Winners Awarded: ALFA BeefEx 2021 Conference, 19-21 October 2021



To enter, fill in the simple entry form below.
A confirmation email will be sent to you from AUS-MEAT including the first round self-questionnaire that all entrants must complete by 18 December 2020. The competition is independently judged by AUS-MEAT and industry representatives.

Entry is confidential.

If you experience issues with entry form below, please contact 

Australian Feedlot of the Year

Entry Form

The Australian Lot Feeders' Association

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association is the peak national body for the Australian feedlot industry.


Phone: (02) 9290 3700

ABN: 16009928018

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