Research & development

MLA invests in on-farm and off-farm R&D relevant to the cattle, sheep and goat sectors of the red meat industry. The aim is to boost the productivity and sustainability of the red meat supply chain.

R&D Reporting

Summaries and detailed reports on R&D which MLA has undertaken since 2006 is available online.

To see a list of recent projects undertaken by financial year, click on the links below.

On-farm R&D

MLA's on-farm R&D projects cover a range of topics including:

  • Grazing management
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Feedlot management
  • Meat quality
  • Genetics for improved efficiency
  • Environmental management

MLA has developed a five-year strategic plan. The plan provides the framework for how and where producer levies and Australian Government funds will be invested in livestock production R&D.

Off-farm R&D

MLA's off-farm R&D activity includes:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • New product development
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Education and training
  • Processing technologies
  • Food safety

Find out more about MLA's off-farm R&D on the Red Meat Innovation website.

Nutrition R&D

MLA has funded a wide range of nutrition research projects aligned with the Australian Government's national and rural research priorities to promote good health and well-being for all Australians.

Research priorities

MLA R&D is aligned with the Australian Government's national and rural research priorities. Where appropriate, MLA collaborates with government, the red meat industry, including the Southern Australia Meat Research Committee (SAMRC) and the North Australian Beef Research Council (NABRC), and other research organisations to avoid research duplication and ensure joint approaches to common problems. MLA's off-farm R&D involves working closely with the Australian Meat Processor Corporation.


MLA's intellectual property ownership strategy and adoption methodology varies depending on the project. This ensures the most efficient and appropriate path is selected to maximise the benefit to the Australian red meat industry.

The commercialisation of R&D outcomes is one mechanism that MLA uses to extract value from the industry's investment in the R&D. The success of the strategy is central to the red meat industry's future, helping bring sustained growth and competitive advantage.

Commercialisation enables MLA to maintain a level of control and management of R&D outcomes to ensure that the benefit is retained in the Australian red meat industry.

Can't find a final report for a completed MLA R&D project? Contact MLA for further assistance.

MLA acknowledges the matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support its research and development portfolio.


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