Tim and Tammy Stiller of Weeroona Feedlot in Queensland are proud to support their local show to help boost a declining participation rate.
Weeroona Feedlot have entered this initiative into the inaugural ALFA Community Heroes Award 2021, proudly supported by Lallemand Animal Nutrition. The winner will be announced at the ALFA SmartBeef 2021 Conference in October. Read on to find out more about how this feedlot is going above and beyond to support their local community.
Tell us about your community initiative...
Wandoan Show Carcass Competition is a showcase of local producers who enter pens of four into either a 100 or 70 day feedlot competition. Cattle are fed at Weeroona for respective days and judged on the hook. Weeroona holds a feild day and inspection of the competition cattle when nearing completion of their days. At the field day industry representatives are invited and available to talk with producers at a free BBQ and Drinks. During the prime cattle judging on show day, the winners are presented on weight gain, hook results and MSA eating quality.
What impact is the initiative having on the local community?
This initiative has helped reinvorgorate the annual show which had declined in participation over the previous years. The participation of the local graziers has been beneficial as they have learned about the feedlot industry as many had never grain fed cattle prior. The feild day is a great way to bring community together and boost education and morale amongst producers . The mental health benefits of this have been enormous with challenges our communities have faced with drought followed by COVID. First year it was held during a very prolonged drought and entrants relished seeing their cattle prime. The Second year the entry numbers climbed. The Wandoan Show Society have benefited greatly from this initiative. Weeroona Feedlot has been proud to help facilitate this initiative and has enjoyed imparting knowledge to the wider community.
See the initiative in action:
About the ALFA Community Heroes Award
Australian feedlots are vital to the fabric of rural and regional Australia by creating jobs, supporting families, and contributing to local economies and the environment. This award recognises and rewards those feedlots that are actively nourishing their local communities and environment by going above and beyond to support their community, that ‘give-back’ and better the environment around them. The winning initiative will receive a $5,000 cash donation towards a local charity, business, or feedlot initiative to assist in further development and impact of the initiative.
How to Enter:
Entries close 31 August 2021. To enter, complete the online entry form at https://www.feedlots.com.au/communityheroes
With thanks to our ALFA Platinum Member sponsor, Lallemand Animal Nutrition for their support of this Award.