Why shade is important to Killara Feedlot, NSW

Updated: Aug 15

Key points:

  • The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) has announced an initiative to encourage all feedlots to provide cattle with access to shade.

  • ALFA’s shade initiative builds on industry’s commitment to animal welfare and continual improvement.

  • Shade enables cattle to display natural shade seeking behaviour and aids animal comfort.

  • Getting the design right is key to gaining maximum benefit from shade structures.

Elders Killara Feedlot is a 20,000 head facility located on the Liverpool Plains, NSW. All pens have shade erected allowing all cattle under their care to have access to shade, 365 days of the year.

A range of shade types have been utilised and General Manager, Andrew Talbot, explains the difference between each of the structures and what benefits Killara Feedlot is gaining from the implementation of shade in the below video.

Heat load management is critical in any feedlot

- Andrew Talbot, General Manager - Elders Killara Feedlot

Lot Feeder Resources:


  • The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) is the peak national body representing the Australian cattle feedlot industry and works towards delivering a profitable and sustainable feedlot industry recognised and valued by the community for producing quality certified grain fed beef to the highest ethical, environmental, humane and animal welfare standards.

  • ALFA is proud to have a strong membership base who collectively represent over 80 per cent of Australia’s cattle feedlot capacity.

  • There are 390 cattle feedlots with a combined capacity of 1.4 million head who employ 2,000 people directly in regional Australia.

  • ALFA estimates that currently 60 per cent of feedlot capacity already has shade installed.

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