Competition heats up in Young Lot Feeder Award

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

  • Grand finalists of the prestigious ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award announced

  • Grain fed beef sector proves strong leadership potential in talented youth

  • Overall winner to be announced at ALFA Industry Awards Ceremony on 20 October

Four talented young individuals from across Australia have been named grand finalists in the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) Young Lot Feeder of the Year 2021 Award, proudly sponsored by Performance Feeds.

The award embodies passion, leadership, development, and initiative and encourages emerging, dedicated employees to contribute their ideas and vision for lot feeding at a national level. Entrants are required to submit a compelling essay on a real or perceived industry issue discussing its implications to the feedlot industry and explore a proposed solution to be successful in the award. They also must demonstrate their leadership potential through a defined set criteria.

From a record number of 19 entries, six progressed to the second judging round where they undertook a formal interview with the independent judging panel, Des Rinehart, Matt Luhrs (2009 Young Lot Feeder) and Scott Sloss, followed by a presentation and meet and greet with the ALFA Council.

ALFA President, Bryce Camm, said that the award continues to draw out the grain fed beef sector’s greatest new talent.

“Having a record number of entries this year is really encouraging and demonstrates that our industry is on the right trajectory in attracting talented young people who are keen to contribute to a bright future for this sector,” said Mr Camm.

“The Award has a great legacy of unearthing talent that have gone on to be inspirational industry leaders, and this year’s candidates are no exception – all the grand finalists have huge potential to make their mark.”

The Grand Finalists in the ALFA Young Lot Feeder Award 2021 (in alphabetical order) are:

  • James Guest - Feedlot Manager, Smithfield Cattle Company Sapphire Feedlot QLD

  • Kailen Hodgson - Operations Manager, Teys Australia Charlton VIC

  • Lucy Morris - Senior Operations Manager, TW Pearson Lake Preston Feedlot WA

  • Simon Kensit - Feedlot Manager, AACO Goonoo Feedlot QLD

Grand finalists will partake in professional development training as part of the program and vie for the top spot in a final judging round in September.

The winner receives $5,000 towards undertaking a professional development course or overseas study trip and a grain fed beef industry scholarship to attend the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s TRAIL: for emerging leaders program, valued at $10,450.

The overall winner will be announced at the ALFA Industry Awards Ceremony on 20 October 2021 as part of the SmartBeef Conference proceedings.


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Photo Caption: Finalist in the ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year 2021.

Media Contacts:

Bryce Camm ALFA President P: (02) 9290 3700 Madeleine Hamilton ALFA General Manager – Communications & Engagement E: madeleine.hamilton@feedlots.com.au M: 0447 617 428

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