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The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation's

TRAIL: Emerging Leaders Program

This industry funded scholarship is proudly supported by The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)


ALFA, in conjunction with MLA, sponsors feedlot industry professionals to attend the Training Rural Australians In Leadership (TRAIL) Program each year.  One position is reserved for the winner of the ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award whilst the other position is by application. The scholarship is worth $11,550 per position and participants are required to contribute $220 to secure their place in the program. ALFA will cover reasonable travel expenses to attend the program.


TRAIL is a cross-sector, challenge-based leadership program set in Canberra and region, for Australia’s future emerging rural leaders.


The program takes diverse people from different occupations, communities and backgrounds and expands their leadership skills.


The program includes a challenging seven-day outdoor leadership experience in the mountains outside of Canberra.

For more information on the TRAIL Program visit the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation's website here.


Applications close​:  August 31

2025 TRAIL Program: TBD March, Canberra & surrounding region, ACT

Check out the TRAIL program (external link) website for more details.

  • Applicant must demonstrate they are an emerging rural leader

  • Applicant must demonstrate their desire to increase their leadership knowledge

  • Applicant must indicate how they intend to use their increased leadership knowledge for betterment of the feedlot industry and/or their employer


To register your interest in applying for the Industry sponsored position, fill out the application form via the button below.


You will be required to submit the following:

  • A copy of your resume (PDF accepted only). Remember to include any ALFA Awards, Workshops or Programs you have participated in (participating in these is not a requirement, however, professional development experiences will be looked upon favourably).

  • Answer two questions addressing why you wish to participate in the TRAIL Program and how the opportunity to do so will help you develop as an emerging leader in the lot feeding sector. 

  • Upload a headshot of yourself for promotional purposes if you are awarded a scholarship.

application Form

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Thank you for your application.

We will be in touch to inform you of the outcome of your application.

TRAIL gave me a new found confidence in myself as a leader, TRAIL gave me a more mature insight into being a leader and a person as a whole.


The ARLF program design is underpinned by developing six key leadership practices. All activities align with the progression of these practices. 


Participants have many opportunities to apply frameworks, models and techniques to focus on these six practices and with the intention that participants will apply these practices beyond our program. The ARLF focusses on experiential learning; offering participants with challenge-based activities, and experiences with time for reflection.

Participants will:

  • explore adaptive strategies to address complex issues and situations;

  • increase awareness of the ARLF's six leadership practices;

  • develop an understanding of how behaviour impacts on relationships with others; and

  • build peer networks for future collaboration and support

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