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        ALFA endorses feedlot
              ELL-TRAINED staff can           They offer feedlots the ability to    maintenance, and bulk materials
              offer feedlots the edge in   recognise and enhance their skilled      handling.
              optimal feedlot, staff       workforce, optimising effective feed-        This prepares participants for
              and occupational health      lot management while providing an        licensing by an independent assessor
and safety (OHS) management.               industry-specific, nationally recog-     if desired. Other areas covered with-
    New England Institute of TAFE          nised qualification.                     in the Feeding and Milling course
offers three feedlot training pro-            The training program for Pen          include cattle nutrition, feed prepa-
grams, developed after extensive           Riders covers all essential Pen Rid-     ration, storage, and delivery.
consultation with the Australian           ers skills, including OHS procedures,        Feedlot Maintenance training
Lotfeeders Association, Beef CRC           cattle physiology and nutrition,         includes environmental and effluent
and participating pilot feedlots.          chemical storage, transport and          management and structural works,
    This training has been designed        application, cattle behaviour and        including welding.
to meet individual feedlot needs.          minimal stress handling, livestock           Feedlots throughout northern
    Programs available include Cer-        health, husbandry and post-mortem        NSW have taken advantage of the
tificate III Beef Production – Pen         examination, QA compliance               new feedlot training programs and
Riders; and two Certificate III cours-     requirements, vehicle use and main-      more than 100 people have under-
es in Rural Production – one cover-        tenance, and optional horse manage-      taken the training.
ing Feeding and Milling, the other         ment skills.                                 Head teacher of the New England
covering Feedlot Maintenance.                 A number of skill areas are com-      Institute of TAFE, Phil Pamment,
    An outstanding feature of the          mon to the three courses. By deliver-    says: “Some of the early participants
training programs is flexibility. All      ing these simultaneously to trainees,    in the course, particularly older ones
three courses are tailored to individ-     double delivery of training and          who have been riding for some time,
ual management plans and needs.            assessment is reduced.                   were a little sceptical about why
    Flexibility is extended to timing         Shared areas across the three         they needed to do it. But once they
of the training and assessment. The        programs include OHS, chemical           were immersed in the program, they
program aims to fit in with individ-       training, QA compliance, responding      became very enthusiastic and have
ual feedlot daily activities to min-       to emergencies and co-ordinating         turned out to be a great bunch of
imise interruption to work schedules       work site activities.                    students.”
and minimise staff absences.                  Understanding the dynamic envi-           This year, the New England Insti-
    Recognising that feedlot staff         ronment in which feedlots operate,       tute of TAFE will offer the training
already bring a wealth of skills and       the training programs should help        to Queensland and beyond as well.
experience to their positions, the         feedlot managers meet legislative            Besides benefiting from effective
New England Institute of TAFE              requirements.                            tailored training programs and
offers participants credit within the         As well as offering chemical appli-   accreditation, feedlots also stand to
training and assessment programs.          cation, OHS and QA training, partic-     gain through some potential finan-
    The training programs offer par-       ipants in the Feeding and Milling        cial incentives available to employ-
ticipants the opportunity to finetune      and Feedlot Maintenance courses          ers through traineeship schemes.
and extend their current knowledge         undertake specific training in front-        Contact: Dianne Van Berlo,
while getting qualifications for exist-    end loader use, confined spaces, spe-    Rural Skills Centre, Armidale,
ing skills.                                cialist     machinery     use    and     NSW; phone (02) 6773 7112.

LOTFEEDING, March 2006                                                                                                 21

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