Working on a cattle feedlot

The cattle feedlot industry is worth approximately $4.4 billion to the economy. The industry employs close to 30,000 people directly or indirectly (Australian Lot Feeders’ Association 2015), and nearly all feedlots operating are family-owned businesses.

There are around 450 accredited feedlots throughout Australia with the majority located in areas that are in close proximity to cattle and grain supplies. Feedlots are often the epicentre of a town’s business community and therefore hold a vital place in the local economy.

Queensland is the largest state in terms of cattle numbers on feed with approximately 60% followed by New South Wales with 30%, Victoria with 7% and the remainder shared between Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

Many are surprised at the diversity of employment available on a feedlot. From food scientists to pen riders, and administration staff to truck drivers, there are wide-ranging opportunities to get involved with these dynamic agribusiness enterprises. If you’re interested in working at a feedlot make sure you get in contact with one to explore what’s possible.

Did you know?

  • 96% of feedlots are family owned
  • Approximately 2-3% of Australia’s total cattle herd are in feedlots at any given time
  • There are around 400 accredited feedlots in Australia with capacities ranging from 500 to over 50,000+ head
  • Lot feeding contributes approximately $4.6 billion to the Australian economy
  • Feedlots employ 2,000 people directly, and around 30,000 indirectly
  • The total capacity in Australian feedlots can reach 1,544,880 head of cattle
  • While all Australian cattle are raised on grass,  30 – 40% of them are then fed grain
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