Recognising individuals with a commitment to career development


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 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 for an online interview in October, if named a Grand Finalist, as part of the Final Round of Judging.

  • 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 and submit before the close date.

  • Attach 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 neccessary.

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 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 



  • 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 twin-share accommodation.

  • Invitation to ALFA Alumni Event at ALFA Annual Conference.


  • Your name is added to the perpetual Medal and you receive a keepsake Medal.

  • $500 cash.

  • A complimentary regsitration to an ALFA 2022 Workshop of choice.

  • The opportunity to attend two sessions within the ALFA 2021 MPM Program. These are the Zoetis facilitated sessions - see full details and dates for MPM Program here. 2 nights' accomodation, and travel expenses are included.



  • Entries Open:  2 May 2021

  • Entries Close: 30 June 2021

  • Finalists Announced: July 2021

  • 2nd Round Judging - Workplace Interviews: August/September 2021

  • Grand Finalists Announced: Early October 2021

  • Final Round Judging - Online Interviews: Early October 2021

  • Overall Winner Awarded: ALFA Annual Conference, SmartBeef 19 October 2021


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 awards@feedlots.com.au or (02) 9290 3700.

with thanks to our platinum member sponsor