This project aimed to deliver information, education, training and technical services to improve management practices among cattle lot feeders throughout Australia, through the provision of on the ground extension support. To achieve these aims a Feedlot Industry Technical Services Officer was appointed on a contract basis averaging 3 days per week for the duration of the project.
Activities undertaken by the technical services officer included:the completion of a risk assessment of lot feeders and identification of the key areas where individual lot feeders and the wider feedlot industry needed to improve;visits to 143 individual feedlots out of a total of 453 NFAS accredited feedlots;the development of close working relationships with the ALFA CEO, MLA Feedlot R&D Project Manager, ALFA and AUS-MEAT staff; andassistance with the 'on the ground' organisation and delivery of ALFA/ MLA events and training.
The Feedlot Industry Technical Services Officer position has been extremely well received by the feedlot industry. Feedback has been received from numerous feedlot operators on the value and worth of a technical services position and the important linkage such a position provides between feedlot operators and ALFA/MLA.