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ALFA launches new online courses in livestock handling

Key points:

  • Australian Lot Feeders’ Association and Meat & Livestock Australia have launched their next suite of online courses focusing on livestock handling

  • Feedlot employees responsible for livestock will benefit from these easy to access courses designed by industry for industry

  • The new online livestock courses add to the range available through Feedlot TECH and form part of ALFA’s Feedlot Fundamentals training program

  • Online training tools available through Feedlot TECH are designed to assist Feedlot operators upskill their workforce efficiently and effectively

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) has today released its Fundamentals of Livestock Handing online skills training course, part of its wider careers and training strategy designed to deliver a full set of online courses covering feedlot fundamentals for lot feeding in Australia.

An initiative of ALFA, in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the Fundamentals of Livestock Handing online skills training course is now available through the feedlot industry’s training, education and careers hub, aptly named Feedlot TECH.

ALFA President, Barb Madden, said the livestock team play an integral role within the day-to-day operations of a feedlot and having sound livestock handling skills helps to keep people safe, and animals well cared for.

“Understanding the fundamentals of good stockmanship, animal welfare and how to work your facility is important for all members of a livestock team on a feedlot.”

“The welfare of cattle under our care is our key priority and these new online courses build on the range of animal welfare initiatives and training programs ALFA have been involved in for many years.”

The suite of short courses launched today include topics such as receive and dispatch, chain of responsibility, lairage, animal welfare for transport, team leader, working your facility and good stockmanship.

ALFA and MLA are continuing to invest in delivering online courses covering the fundamental skills required for employees within all departments at a feedlot. The ambitious strategy will see a full suite of online short courses delivered as part of the industry project, covering all skill areas of a feedlot operation.

Currently, the training platform provides access to 14 newly developed online short courses, with another 14 under development and due to be released over the next two-years, covering all areas of a feedlot operation.

The next suite of Feedlot TECH online courses in development will cover the fundamentals of pen riding, which is expected to be released mid-2023 and be a highly valuable tool for feedlots.

“All our courses are designed to assist feedlot operators in ensuring new and existing team members have access to core skills training, grow capability within their teams and continue to foster high performance in the operations of their business,” Barb said.

“With labour shortages and demand for new employees being experienced across Industry, high quality efficient training is top of mind. These new online courses provide savings in terms of time spent off site while ensuring employee skill and capability.”

“What also makes these courses so valuable is that they have been developed by-industry-for-industry using subject matter experts, plus we have engaged learning experts to ensure course appeal and usability so that learning outcomes are achieved.”

With e-learning tools, we have been able to deliver a quality product that is really hitting the mark in terms of efficiency, flexibility, and technical appeal.”

“Feedlot operators are very proactive in supporting training and development and we see this continuing with Feedlot TECH being a key platform in assisting operators attract, build, retain, and reward capable high performing teams,” Barb stated.

About Feedlot TECH

Feedlot TECH is an online platform that showcases the many career, employment, and professional development opportunities available within the feedlot sector, across all career stages. It also provides access to ALFA/MLA developed feedlot-specific core training and links to external training provider courses relevant to feedlot employees.

Access to select Feedlot TECH online training courses is free for all NFAS Accredited feedlots currently. Feedlots and lot feeders are encouraged to register and enrol in courses at


Media Enquiries:

Barb Madden

ALFA President

(02) 9290 3700

Madie Hamilton

ALFA General Manager - Communications & Engagement

0447 617 428



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