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Recognising individuals with a commitment to career development

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The Medal, proudly sponsored by Zoetis, recognises and awards individuals within the feedlot sector that are demonstrating excellence in feedlot operation skills and who are applying skills or knowledge as a result of participating in, or graduating from, training.

To take part in the Medal, entrants are required to fill out the entry form at the bottom of this page. First round judging will be based on the answers provided in the entrant's submission, scored against a set criteria. A maximum of 6 entrants will progress to second round judging, which takes place in the form of a workplace or online interview with the entrant and their manager. From this round, a maximum of 3 entrants will progress to the final judging round, which involves taking part in professional development training to assist in producing a short video that promotes the entrant and the training they have undertaken. Entrant videos will be assessed against a set criteria and individual scores from all three rounds will be accumulated to determine the overall winner of the Medal.



To be eligible for entry, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in, or graduated from in the last 12 months, an eligible training program or course outlined in the 'Eligible Courses' section of this webpage.

  • Be employed at a feedlot that is a current financial Member of the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, for a minimum of 6-months at time of entry.

  • Have completed all sections of the entry form and provided all necessary documents.

  • Be available for a workplace interview in August/September for the Second Round of Judging, if named a Finalist.

  • Be available to undertake training in professional presentations and developing engaging video content, as part of the final round judging, if named a Grand Finalist.

  • Be available to attend the ALFA Annual Conference, if named a Grand Finalist, for the announcement of the Overall Winner.

  • Agree to be a part of the promotion of the Award.

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

  • Fill out the online entry form (at end of this page) and submit before the close date.

  • Include a typed letter of endorsement from your manager, providing confirmation of your start date and endorsement for your entry into the Medal.

  • Provide an up to date Resume.

  • Attach a head shot image (size 1MB >) of yourself for use in promotion of the Medal and your entry, as necessary.

The below outlines the courses we are aware of that are eligible. If you are completing or have completed a course and it is not on the below list, please contact us to see if it could be eligible. If you can demonstrate how you are applying skills or knowledge as a result of participating in the training, it is likely to be eligible. When filling out the form, simply select 'other' in the Nominated Training Course field.

Eligible ALFA recognised training courses/programs that are accepted:

  • Feedlot TECH Online Training Courses

  • Feedlot Graduate Programs

  • Feedlot Trainee Programs

  • ALFA Margin & People Management Program

  • ALFA Animal Welfare Officer Training

  • ALFA workshops (Animal Health & Welfare, Nutrition & Milling, Pen Cleaning, Manure & Environmental Management)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Online Training

TAFE Cert III in Feedlot Operations in the areas of:

  • Pen Riders

  • Feeding and Milling

  • Maintenance 

Selection Criteria (ROUND ONE) 

(score weighting in %)

  • An excellent general knowledge of the Australian feedlot industry (15%)

  • Knowledge of skills related to specific production area (30%)

  • Applied application of skills or knowledge as a result of attending training (30%) 

  • Potential to have a positive impact on the industry (25%)



  • Professional training in public speaking and content production.

  • 3 Grand Finalists are invited to attend the ALFA Annual Conference (SmartBeef/BeefEx) for the announcement of the Overall Winner.  Included in the prize are a full conference registration and accommodation.

  • Invitation to ALFA Alumni Event at ALFA Annual Conference.


  • ​Keepsake Engraved Medal

  • $750 cheque

  • 1 x complimentary registration to an eligible workshop of their choice within ALFA’s 2023 Workshop Program.

  • Margin & People Management Program: invitation to participate in 2 x Zoetis run sessions including 2 nights’ accommodation and travel.



  • Entries Open:  2 May 2022

  • Entries Close: 30 June 2022

  • Finalists Announced: July 2022

  • Workplace Interviews: August 2022

  • Final Round Judging: September 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 Evidence of Enrolment/Completion of Course
Upload Manager Letter of Endorsement
Upload Resume
Upload Headshot of Entrant

Thank you for entering the ALFA Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal, proudly sponsored by Zoetis.

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
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