Attracting, training and retaining staff are key priorities for the Australian feedlot industry. In February 2016, MLA and ALFA held a joint workshop inviting industry stakeholders to identify training and leadership priorities for the feedlot industry. As a consequence of the recommendations of this workshop MLA contracted the National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council (MINTRAC) to work with ALFA and MLA to develop recommendations for a Training and Leadership Strategy for the feedlot industry.
A steering committee established for the project had oversight of the methodology of confirming industry needs and requirements as well as the development of recommendations for the Training and Leadership Development Strategy to be considered by ALFA and MLA.
Through a process of surveys and interviews with feedlot managers MINTRAC was able to build on the outcomes of the original workshop in February of 2016 and validate the industry’s priorities for both training and leadership development.
It became apparent from this dialogue with industry managers that for the training of non-management workers their preference was for on-site training delivered by supervisors, external consulting veterinarians, nutritionists and a workplace “buddy’ system.