Scholarships & Awards

Recognising excellence

The Australian feedlot sector is made up of individuals, teams and businesses that tirelessly strive for excellency and aspire to develop themselves and practices for the betterment of the sector. Awards and scholarships recognise those people who selflessly seek to improve themselves, their teams and further develop industry best practice.


Explore the award opportunities below to see how you can apply to be recognised for your excellence within the industry.

Student Bursary

ALFA Conference Student Bursary

This bursary supports university students to attend the ALFA Annual Industry Conference (BeefEx or SmartBeef). Students must be studying Agriculture or Livestock related subjects at an Australian university, be completing their final years of study and be interested in pursuing a career in the lot feeding industry.

Proudly sponsored by ALFA, MLA and Associated Members.

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Communicate Your Research (Student Competition)

Promoting excellence and scientific professionalism for the advancement of communication between tertiary institutions and the Australian cattle feedlot industry. This competition is for students currently enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate tertiary education in a field related to the beef industry.

Proudly sponsored by Bovine Dynamics and Quirindi Feedlot Services.

Young Lot Feeder

ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year

The Award is designed to encourage emerging industry leaders to contribute their ideas and vision for lot feeding at a national level. ALFA seeks and fosters qualities that empower participants to think outside the square, to be bold in their ideas and continuously develop and challenge their thinking about the Australian lot feeding industry and its future potential.

Proudly sponsored by Performance Feeds.

Excellence in ed

ALFA Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal

Annual award acknowledging and rewarding feedlot staff committed to continual formal learning & training within the Australian feedlot industry. This award is for feedlot staff who are have participated in or are currently undertaking feedlot specific training, have general experience and are demonstrating excellence in feedlot skills.

Proudly sponsored by Zoetis


Training Rural Australians in Leadership (TRAIL) Scholarship

Identifying and fostering aspiring Australian feedlot industry leaders for the ongoing development and progression of the Australian feedlot sector and ALFA. This scholarship is for emerging feedlot leaders who want to enhance their leadership skills and are dedicated to improving rural industries and communities.

Proudly sponsored by ALFA and MLA.


Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Scholarship

Identifying and fostering Australian feedlot industry leaders for the ongoing development and progression of the Australian feedlot sector and ALFA. This scholarship is for high level industry leaders, who have a passion for leadership and a long term commitment to the development of rural Australia.

Proudly sponsored by ALFA and MLA.

Feedlot of the Year

Australian Feedlot of the Year

A biennial Competition & Award that strives for excellence in feedlot design and management. The competition is open to all NFAS accredited feedlots, of all sizes and family or corporate business operations. The competition is designed to find the very best feedlot in each category and to encourage continuous industry improvement.

Proudly sponsored by ALFA, AUS-MEAT and ISC.


ALFA Award for Innovation

This award is for feedlots and their employees that have implemented clever, non-commercialised innovations, or for BeefEx exhibitors with an innovative product or service, that genuinely makes a difference to the functionality of day-to-day operations. It is designed to acknowledge excellence in innovation.

Proudly sponsored by IAP.