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MLA invests in both on-farm and off-farm research and development projects with a wide range of project partners, including producer groups, peak industry councils, the CSIRO, leading Australian universities and international research centres.
The R&D program is largely funded by producer levies, with matched funding from the Federal Government.
Levies are also collected by the processing, lotfeeding and live export sectors, for investment in projects that support the red meat supply chain beyond the farm gate.
Non-levy R&D funding is provided by industry partners through the MLA Donor Company.
In 2014-15 MLA invested $92.9 million in red meat R&D projects, covering areas as diverse as genetics, environmental sustainability, feeding and finishing and meat safety.
R&D is critical for both on-farm productivity and meeting community animal welfare expectations.
New plant breeding technologies are being used to boost on-farm productivity.
Genetics R&D is producing significant economic benefits for seedstock and meat producers.
Investment has produced a suite of tools to help producers meet market specifications.
R&D is aimed at increasing on-farm productivity and long-term sustainability.
Research and communication ensures red meat's role in a healthy diet is well understood.
Independent research is commissioned on issues such as coal seam gas and water policy.
MLA's investment helps producers build their business management skills.
MLA together with the Australian Meat Processor Corporation invests in processing efficiency and productivity R&D
MLA acknowledges the matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support its research and development portfolio.