Animal health, welfare and biosecurity

MLA invests up to $7 million a year in animal health, welfare and biosecurity R&D projects. Project areas include:

  • Parasite control
  • Disease risk management
  • Invasive animal control
  • Best practice husbandry procedures
  • Low-stress handling and transportation

MLA’s investment returns productivity benefits for producers, health benefits for animals and ensures community expectations of the highest possible animal welfare standards are met.

Best practice

Animal health, welfare and biosecurity are critical considerations at all stages of the livestock production chain. Each impacts on-farm productivity and producers’ social licence to operate.

The outcomes of MLA’s extensive portfolio of animal health, welfare and biosecurity R&D has been used to produce best practice management guides for cattle, sheep and goat enterprises.