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Young guns announced in Young Lot Feeder Award


  • Six finalists in the prestigious ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award have been announced.

  • Finalists to attend second round judging in August to reveal Top 3 Grand Finalists.

  • Winner to be announced at ALFA BeefEx 22 Conference at Brisbane, Qld on 19 October 2022.

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) has scouted the impressive talent pool within the grain fed beef industry in its search for who will be awarded the Young Lot Feeder of the Year, an award proudly sponsored by Performance Feeds. After an exhaustive first round of judging by the independent judging panel, six entrants have today been announced as National Finalists in the 2022 Award that embodies passion, leadership, and vision for lot feeding. The finalists in the ALFA Young Lot Feeder Award 2022 (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Ben Strahley, Smithfield Cattle Co. - Sapphire QLD

  • Caitlin Herbert, Gundamain Pastoral NSW

  • Cameron Ninness, Teys Aust – Jindalee NSW

  • Jessica Wilcock, Teys Aust – Charlton VIC

  • Kailen Hodgson, Smithfield Cattle Co. - Smithfield QLD

  • Mitchell Elliott, AACo - Aronui QLD

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. ALFA President, Barb Madden, said it is always a very exciting time of year, when ALFA showcases the rising young talent in our industry.

“Year after year the award attracts a very high calibre of individual, which tells us that our sector is making inroads in attracting, retaining and upskilling great talent”

“This Award sits within a greater Recognition of Excellence Program that ALFA delivers on behalf of industry and is one of the many ways the lot feeding sector seeks to recognise and reward individuals and businesses that strive for excellence. “We thank our long-time sponsor and ALFA Platinum Member, Performance Feeds, who have continued to support the professional development of lot feeding talent.

“It is extremely pleasing to be able to highlight the achievements and aspirations of our future leaders through this Award,” Barb said.

Finalists now progress to a second judging round, including an interview with the independent judging panel in August. The outcome of this round will determine who will progress in the competition as one of three Grand Finalists. The winner receives $5,000 towards undertaking a professional development course or overseas study trip and a grain fed beef industry scholarship to attend the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s TRAIL: for emerging leaders program, valued at $10,450. James Guest, 2021 Young Lot Feeder, will present the Winner’s Cup to the winner of the 2022 ALFA Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award at the ALFA BeefEx 22 Conference to be held at Brisbane Showgrounds, Queensland on 18-20 October 2022.


Find out more about ALFA's Recognition of Excellence Awards


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