NFAS and the role of ALFA

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NFAS and the role of the Australian Lot Feeders' Association (ALFA) vs AUS-MEAT.


ALFA is the peak national body for the Australian cattle feedlot industry.

It has four main roles:

  • Representing the cattle feedlot industry to Government, industry and other stakeholders.
  • Allocating and prioritizing the expenditure of the $5.00 grain fed cattle transaction levy. This is a legislated responsibility and involves making decisions on research, development and marketing under Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), animal health activities via Animal Health Australia (AHA) and residue management through the National Residue Survey (NRS).
  • Industry development. ALFA undertakes the following activities:
    • industry education and awareness (i.e. providing updates regarding changes in legislation, technology and best management practices through our conferences, workshops, newsletters and electronic platforms);
    • developing and delivering training (e.g. certified feedlot specific training on animal welfare or the Certificate III in Feedlot Management course),;
    • identifying and fostering future industry leaders (e.g. Young Lot Feeder Achiever Award and sponsorship of the Australian Rural Leadership Program),;
    • career development (e.g. speaking at schools and Universities, scholarships to BeefEx/ BeefWorks);
    • developing and improving industry standards and programs (e.g. Environmental Code of practice/guidelines, NFAS, CVD, MSA, NLIS); and
    • recognising and encouraging industry excellence (e.g. Feedlot of the Year award, Outstanding Service to the industry award, Education medal, Safework award, Innovation of the year award).
  • Individual membership services. Whilst ALFA has two (2) representatives on the seven (7) member Feedlot Industry Accreditation Committee (FLIAC) that oversees NFAS, it does not own, operate or manage the program. This is undertaken by AUS-MEAT on behalf of the cattle lot feeding industry. Moreover, NFAS Accreditation is not synonymous with ALFA membership.

Therefore, lot feeders who are NFAS Accredited need to separately become an ALFA member to receive the benefits that membership provides, which in addition to the above, includes discounts to its conferences and workshops.

More information regarding ALFA can be found on the ALFA Website , Click Here, including information on ALFA membership.


NFAS Annual Reports

AUS-MEAT Limited provides an annual report on the activities of the NFAS to the Feedlot Industry Accreditation Committee (FLIAC).

As part of FLIAC's open communication policy of providing information on NFAS to all stakeholders, copies of the current NFAS Annual Report can be accessed by  Clicking Here.

The 2015 NFAS Annual Report can be accessed by Clicking Here.

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