Killara feedlot named Elders’ team of the year
Elders’ Killara Feedlot has been named the “Alexander Lang Team of the Year” award winner for 2014.
Teamwork, innovation and a 39 per cent growth in EBIT saw the Killara Feedlot team recognised as the highest performing team across the company, at a recent awards ceremony in Adelaide.
The team was awarded for its achievements across the areas of safety, performance and displaying Elders’ company values.
Feedlot operations manager Tony Fitzgerald said the team is extremely proud of the award which is testament to their high performance and hard work over recent years.
“Over the last four years Killara Feedlot has seen considerable growth across every financial measure, including a 39 per cent profit improvement in 2014,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“Our increased focus on innovation, safety, and efficiency has had a significant impact on our bottom line,” he said.
“With 4000 animal movements each week and nutritional decisions made on a daily basis, teamwork and communication is a crucial aspect of our day-to-day feedlot operation.”
Elders chief executive officer, Mark Allison said the team at the Killara Feedlot are deserving winners, and commends the team for their focus on innovation and safety.
“The team at Killara managed independent trials for pen flooring, resulting in cleaner animals and significant cost savings at slaughter,” Mr Allison said.
“In conjunction with Meat and Livestock Australia, the team is also conducting ongoing research and using video tracking technology to help explore benefits of cattle acclimation practices in Australia,” he said.
“Safety has been a key focus for the team, introducing new machinery and practices, reducing risks to both employees and animals, while increasing efficiency at the same time. “
“Positive performance results at Killara Feedlot were in-line with the rest of the business, with Elders’ achieving a $77.3 million underlying profit improvement on the previous year.”