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ALFA launches eLearning course on fundamentals of quality assurance scheme


The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) has today released its Fundamentals of NFAS eLearning course, as part of its wider careers and training strategy designed to deliver a full set of eLearning courses and resources covering the fundamentals of lot feeding in Australia. 

 

The National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) is an independently audited quality assurance program that underpins the integrity of the Australian lot feeding industry.  Whether feedlots are new to getting accredited or want to learn best practice to enable successful audit preparation, the new course will help develop users understanding of NFAS.

 

An initiative of ALFA, in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and AUS-MEAT Limited, the Fundamentals of NFAS eLearning course is now available through the feedlot industry’s training, education and careers hub, Feedlot TECH.

 

ALFA President, Barb Madden, said the NFAS underpins the entire lot feeding industry and is crucial to maintaining the integrity of our sector.

 

“Understanding the fundamentals of NFAS, its requirements and your feedlot’s responsibilities is important for all feedlot operators to be acutely aware of,” she said.

 

“This new course, alongside the range of initiatives and training programs ALFA offers, ensures lot feeders have a thorough understanding of the importance of meeting the strict standards our industry operates to in relation to grain fed beef production, food safety, and animal welfare and environmental standards, which all underpin the NFAS”.

 

The course launched today includes topics such as the foundations of NFAS, NFAS responsibilities, and maintaining NFAS accreditation.

 

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

 

Currently, the training platform provides access to courses on the fundamentals of Feeding & Milling, Livestock Handling, Pen Riding and now NFAS, with two additional courses due to be released in 2024 on Office & Administration, followed by Feed Allocation & Bunk Management.

 

Visit the Feedlot TECH platform to enrol in the new Fundamentals of NFAS course or any of the existing fundamental courses.

 

About NFAS

The National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) was first initiated in 1994 by the Australian Lot Feeders' Association (ALFA). It is a quality assurance program that requires every accredited feedlot to be independently audited on an annual basis to ensure compliance with animal welfare, environmental and food safety legislation.

 

The NFAS is owned and managed by AUS-MEAT Limited (AUS-MEAT) on behalf of the lot feeding industry, through the Feedlot Industry Accreditation Committee.

 

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 feedlottech.com.au.

 

ENDS.


Set your team up for success with the new Fundamentals of NFAS course, available for free on Feedlot TECH.


The course is made up of three modules, each with a specific focus on an area of nfas.

Read on to learn more about each and to enrol in individual modules.


The National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) underpins the entire lot feeding industry. In this module, you’ll be introduced to the Grain Fed Beef production system, the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme, and their requirements.







The feedlot industry has a number of responsibilities under the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS). In this module you’ll learn about responsibilities feedlots have under NFAS, and how management plans and risk assessments help feedlots meet these responsibilities to achieve their NFAS accreditation.







There are several steps feedlots must take to become accredited under the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) and maintain their accreditation. This module will cover how to gain NFAS Accreditation and how to maintain your NFAS accreditation including audits, activities and statement of authority holders.






This course was created by ALFA in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia, in line with the Australian Feedlot Sector Career Development and Training Strategy. To find out more visit the ALFA website.



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

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