The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) runs a number of industry specific workshops, events, and training annually, aimed at upskilling the Australian lot feeding workforce.


ALFA runs a number of workshop series throughout the year for lot feeders, associated industry professionals and those involved in the supply chain.


Member discounts are offered for all workshops. If you would like to apply for membership click here.

2021/22 training, workshops & events program

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smartbeef BITES online conference

12-15 OCTOBER, 2021

The ALFA SmartBeef Conference has moved online. View the program below and register today.

ALFA Annual general meeting

21 OCTOBER 2021

Time: 12 noon (AEST)

Location:  Via zoom. Registration essential.

More Info Coming Soon
Register (coming soon)
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feedlot automation webinar

17 November 2021 | 12 noon - 2pm (AEST)

This online workshop will explore research and technology available to automate processes on Australian feedlots, such as the bunk trials, automatic crush and bunk scanner, 

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia.

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feedlot tech training hub 

Now live at 

Feedlot TECH features links to online training, educational resources and careers information specific to the Australian feedlot industry. It provides access to online training covering core practical feedlot skills that can be completed at any time or location and can be easily integrated into daily operations and onsite training. Available training includes Antimicrobial Stewardship and the Cattle Post Mortem training series, and recently developed training on nutrition, feeding and milling.

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Accredited animal welfare officer training

Returning in March 2022

This one-and-a-half-day training course is aimed at providing feedlot managers, supervisors, key training personnel and quality assurance officers with the most up to date knowledge and skills for the management, assessment, auditing and on-the-job training of animal welfare within a feedlot operation.


This workshop will be run as a combination of classroom and on-site (feedlot) practical work-based assignments followed by a post course assessment process.

This training is proudly supported by Zoetis and Meat & Livestock Australia.

Coming Back Soon
Registrations opening soon
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moving towards carbon neutrality webinar

Webinar Recording

This online workshop will explore recent research findings related to the feedlot industry's carbon emissions and our journey to becoming carbon neutral, methane emissions and the national greenhouse gas inventory. For more details see workshop flyer. 

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia and proudly sponsored by DSM.

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margin & people management (mpm) program

COURSE 12  - 2021/22 (FULL)

ALFA's MPM Program is designed to provide lot feeders and industry professionals with a deeper understanding of how to manage a modern feedlot business.

The MPM Program was established in 2008. The Program now boasts a strong alumni network of over 122 lot feeders and industry professionals, many of whom are now prominent industry leaders.


The Program is run annually over several months, delivered through 4 x 2-day training sessions to a maximum of 11 participants. 

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nfas changes 2021 Resources


ALFA makes available a number of resources to all NFAS accredited feedlots via the Feedlot TECH online training platform that covers the latest changes to the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) and what you need to do to comply. To access the resources, visit Feedlot TECH via the button below (please note there is a verification process, so you will need to sign up if you are not already registered).

pen cleaning, manure & environmental management


Starts 3 March 2021 (3 x 2-hour sessions)

This online workshop will bring the waste management utilisation manual to life with the purpose of enhancing the health and welfare of grain fed cattle. Presenters Rod Davis, Roby Tucker, Joe McMeniman & lot feeders will delve into a range of topics relevant to those involved in managing manure, maintenance, planning and operations. For more details see workshop flyer. 

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alfa 50th anniversary morning tea

18 DECEMBER 2020

We are encouraging all ALFA feedlot members across Australia to join in on the national celebrations by hosting a Morning Tea (or whatever suits your feedlot!) on the 18th of December 2020 for your employees to celebrate this huge milestone for ALFA and all its members in nourishing cattle, land and communities for over 50 years.

On the morning of the 18th of December ALFA will be releasing a video that you can choose to play at your event to help set the scene of the celebration. The video will include a virtual presentation and announcement of the Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award 2020 winner to add some further excitement! We will email you the video link directly.

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animal health & welfare workshop

Will be back in 2022.

The workshops aim to instil and improve animal husbandry practices directly related to animal health and welfare in Australian feedlots. 

All feedlot staff, particularly staff members who are handling cattle on a day-to-day basis, will benefit from attending this one-day workshop. The workshop will also benefit those involved as suppliers to the feedlot industry. For example, feeder cattle suppliers will gain an insight as to why feedlots pay premiums for well-prepared cattle and how to achieve these premiums.

Registrations Closed
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Unlocking the benefits of shade webinar

16 NOVEMBER 2020 at 12 noon (AEST)

ALFA delivered a webinar on its Shade Policy and the resources available to assist in the installation of shade. A recording has been made available for those who missed the live session.

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managing summer heat


This training will benefit all feedlot staff that are involved in making decisions around, or monitoring of, heat load at the feedlot. It focuses on preparing feedlots for excessive summer heat conditions that can have major impacts on cattle heath, welfare an productivity. 

Proudly sponsored by Phibro Animal Health.

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EXPloring feedlot energy


24 March 2021 (1.5-hour session)

This online workshop will cover how to improve feedlot energy and water use efficiency including using technologies available to feedlot owners and feed mill teams. For more details see workshop flyer. 

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia.

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The Nutrition & Milling Workshop aims to instil and improve animal nutrition practices directly related to animal health and welfare in Australian feedlots.


This workshop will benefit all feedlot staff, particularly staff members who work within or with the feed team. The workshop will also benefit those involved as suppliers to the feedlot industry in order to understand the specific requirements of feedlots to produce their quality grain fed beef product.

Registrations Closed