The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association's (ALFA) Annual Recognition of Excellence Program recognises business and individual excellence within the cattle feedlot industry.


ALFA's Recognition of Excellence Awards Program recognises business and individual excellence within the cattle feedlot sector.


ALFA is proud of the businesses and individuals that make up the sector who selflessly aspire to develop themselves and industry practices for the betterment of the sector.


ALFA’s Recognition of Excellence Awards Program is open to ALFA Members and/or their employees who demonstrate excellence and alignment with the core values of each Industry Award or Scholarship. If you would like to explore all the benefits of membership, click here.



Applications Open: From May

Applications Close: August - October

* Please refer to the individual webpages below for each Award/Scholarship for their specific key dates - some dates vary from the above.

Find out what opportunities we recommend you enter, according to your career stage:

Follow the headings below to see which awards and scholarships are recommended for you to enter, based on where you are in your career stage. Please refer to the eligibility criteria on each award/scholarship page for full details.

EMERGING LEADERS (0-3 years experience)

RISING LEADERS (3+ years experience)

EXPERIENCED LEADERS (10+ years experience)




Established 1991


A biennial Competition & Award that strives for excellence in feedlot design and management.

Open to:

Open to all NFAS accredited feedlots.

young lot feeder of the year

Proudly sponsored by Performance Feeds

Annual award recognising the next generation of cattle feedlot industry leaders and rewarding the achievements of young lot feeders.

Open to:

Lot feeders aged 30 years and under who aspire to hold leadership positions within in the Australian feedlot industry.

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excellence in feedlot education medal

Proudly sponsored by Zoetis


Annual award acknowledging and rewarding feedlot staff committed to continual formal learning & training within the Australian feedlot industry.

Open to:

Lot feeders with 6 months + experience in their role, who are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a feedlot-specific training program or course.

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Proudly sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition


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

Open to:

Feedlots who are implementing or contributing to social and/or environmentally positive initiatives.

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Proudly sponsored by Integrated Animal Production


An award recognising excellence in innovation.

Open to:

Odd years (i.e. SmartBeef Conference years) - Lot feeders that have designed or implemented a clever, non-commercialised idea/solution to on-feedlot issues.

Even years (i.e. BeefEx Conference years) - Sponsors and Exhibitors of BeefEx.

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Proudly sponsored by Bovine Dynamics and Quirindi Feedlot Services


Promoting excellence and scientific professionalism for the advancement of communication between tertiary institutions and the Australian cattle feedlot industry.

Open to:

Undergraduate or postgraduate tertiary students currently enrolled in a field related to the beef industry that may encompass nutrition, meat science, genetics, animal welfare, veterinary science, agribusiness, or agricultural leadership.

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Training Rural Australians In Leadership (TRAIL) scholarship

Proudly sponsored by ALFA and MLA


Identifying and fostering aspiring Australian feedlot industry leaders for the ongoing development and progression of the Australian feedlot sector.

Open to:

Emerging lot feeder leaders with aspirations to develop their leadership skills for the betterment of themselves, the feedlot industry, and their place of work.

Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) scholarship

Proudly sponsored by ALFA and MLA


Identifying and fostering Australian feedlot industry leaders for the ongoing development and progression of the Australian feedlot sector.

Open to:

Lot feeders with demonstrated extensive leadership experience in the feedlot and/or rural industry and/or their community that are looking to enhance their leadership skills, expand their network and utilise the experience to better the future of the feedlot industry.