Livestock Handling – 7. Lairage

Provided by: Feedlot TECH

This course is part of the Fundamentals of Livestock Handling online skills training.  

Once cattle have reached their marketable weight, they are transported from the feedlot to the processing facility for slaughter. On arrival at the processing facility, the cattle are rested for a period prior to slaughter – this is called lairage. The ultimate goal of lairage is to maximise carcase weight, reduce dark cutters, and deliver a quality product to the consumer.

Feedlot teams are fundamental in the process of ensuring cattle are in optimum condition when they leave the feedlot.

This online course covers the basics in lairage and what it means to you as a feedlot employee.

After completion of the online training, an on the ground competency assessment is available so you can demonstrate your skills and competency in this area.

This E-learning series has been by funded grain-fed levies and matching federal government R&D contributions in consultation with the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association.

Learning outcomes and competencies
By the end of this course, you will know how to: 

  • Manage feed and water before transport
  • Identify animals that are fit for transport
  • Maximise food safety by presenting clean cattle for transport from feedlot to processing plant
  • Maintain product integrity by ensuring there are no chemical and antimicrobial residues

Training Location and Delivery method

Online Training course, delivered via the Feedlot TECH Training Hub. Approximately 1 hour in length. 


Free to all feedlots, employees and industry associated individuals. 

To access training 

Sign in or create an account on the Feedlot TECH Training Hub to access online feedlot specific skills training. To create an account on the Training Hub, click ‘sign up now’ on the login page, determine a password, confirm you email address and complete the verification form. When prompted, enter your feedlot NFAS or Group Number to ensure fast verification and access to training. 

Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA)
GPO Box 149, Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 02 9290 3700

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

PO Box 1961, North Sydney, NSW 2059
Phone: 02 9463 9333


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