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Outstanding regional and rural leadership


Featured sponsor: Australian Lot Feeders' Association

Featured sponsor: Australian Lot Feeders' Association

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The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) is the peak industry body representing the cattle feedlot sector, and it plays an essential role across the fields of advocacy, innovation and investment.

It is ALFA’s job to scrutinise the performance and determine the funding priorities for the grain fed beef transaction levy; namely research, development and marketing via Meat and Livestock Australia, animal health management via Animal Health Australia and residue management via the National Residue Survey.

ALFA advocates on behalf of lot feeders, communicating their needs and ideas with government and other stakeholders regarding legislation, policy and key industry programs. It also communicates related developments back to members.

The peak body also undertakes industry development activities including industry training, program and standard improvement, extension workshops, conferences, awards, leadership and career development; as well as providing individual member services.

And leadership, according to ALFA Chief Executive Officer, Dougal Gordon, is one of the best ways to ensure the future strength and prosperity of the sector.

“ALFA supports the use of industry levy funding towards the Australian Rural Leadership Program as it fits well within our remit of providing industry development services for the sector,” Dougal says.

“Identifying and fostering industry leaders via such programs as the ARLP is vital for the ongoing development and progression of the Australian feedlot sector as well as ALFA itself.”

ALFA has sponsored a participant on the ARLP each year since 2004 when they supported Course 11 Fellow Jason Shearer-Smith.

James Palfreeman is the latest ALFA-sponsored participant on the ARLP. The Manager of Feedlots for JBS Australia is relishing his leadership journey as a part of Course 20.

“The program has encouraged me to look at issues in a much broader sense, to take account of things like diversity, cultural implications and ethical considerations,” he says.

“I am not aware of any other program that can provide such a learning environment and experience to those wishing to contribute more to their industry, community and personal development.”

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