industry resources

Useful resources made available to Australian lot feeders to assist
in day-to-day feedlot operations

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feedlot technical services officer

Jeff House, Feedlot Techncial Services Officer, is available to provide advice and assistance to all existing feedlots, as well as anyone looking to develop a feedlot or going through the feedlot establishment process, at no cost. Please contact Jeff with any enquiries you may have on 0419 262 207 or email via the button below.

Jeff is contracted to ALFA to deliver technical services to the lotfeeding industry. The role is jointly funded through ALFA and MLA, and has been created to deliver information, education, training and technical services to improve management practices among cattle lot feeders throughout Australia.

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managing summer heat guide

This guide has been developed by ALFA to support lot feeders in not only assessing the risks associated with heatload but also support the decision-making process in relation to management practices. With the BoM predicting a la nina for the coming season, it is important to remain vigilant and ensure heatload management plans are fit for purpose.

Clean cattle manual

The Clean cattle manual has been developed by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), in consultation with Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA), to provide up-to-date information on management of dags for small, medium and large feedlots.
The manual includes case studies which demonstrate how different management practices have been successfully implemented to further assist feedlot managers and staff to make decisions that suit their operation’s specific needs.

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best practice feedlot activity checklist

A guide for feedlot owners and managers to provide feedlot enterprises with guidelines for continual improvement in feedlot activities. Use this checklist to prepare your facility for exceeding the outcomes and minimum standards required in the NFAS.

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Use this guide when considering factors and evaluating the benefits of alternative feedstuffs, particularly in times of drought.

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trespass advice 

Advice for feedlot owners, managers and employees on what to do if you find someone illegally trespassing on your property.

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trespass advice cheklist

A guide for feedlot owners and managers to run through each best practice checklist to prepare your facility and manage activist intrusions. The guidelines aim to ensure your facility is proactively prepared for an immediate response in the event of an activist incursion on your property and to provide for the safety of people and the well-being of livestock on site.


The National Beef Cattle Feedlot Environmental Code of Practice (the Code of Practice) is intended to provide nationally consistent requirements under state regulation for lot feeders and administrators regarding the environmentally relevant aspects of the establishment and operation of beef cattle feedlots. The industry’s quality assurance system, the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) requires all accredited feedlots to adhere to the Code of Practice along with all other relevant environmental, animal welfare and food safety legislation.


The Guidelines are designed as a companion document to the National Beef Cattle Feedlot Environmental Code of Practice (the Code of Practice). The Guidelines provide ‘guidance’ on how the Code of Practice requirements regarding the establishment and operation of beef cattle feedlots may be achieved.

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fit to load guide

The latest edition of the national guide includes new content to ensure best practice animal welfare when preparing, loading and delivering cattle. The guide has been developed to support livestock operators meet the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock which are embedded in NFAS, and decide whether an animal is fit to be loaded for transport and for the entire journey.

aus-meat: australian beef carcase evaluation

The uniform set of carcase grading standards (AUS-MEAT ciphers) under controlled conditions, this provides a means of consistently describing meat characteristics and of classifying product prior to packaging. These characteristics include the colour of meat and fat, the amount of marbling, eye muscle area, the rib fat and the maturity of the carcase.

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supplying female cattle to feedlots

A handy document to provide to your cattle supplier, so that we can all work together to ensure calves are not born in feedlots.

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A handy document providing links to information and tools available to improve pen management in less-than-ideal conditions.

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labour shortages 

A summary of government initiatives and resources that may assist and support your feedlot business find suitable people for your Team.