Current tenders


MLA is seeking applications from individuals, organisations or project teams with the expertise required to undertake one or more of the following projects:

 

Assessment of Price Transparency in the Beef Supply Chain

MLA seeks proposals from suitably qualified consultants or research organisations to undertake an assessment of price transparency in the beef supply chain.

The project aims to assess whether there is a lack of price transparency in the beef supply chain and, if so, identify points in the supply chain where greater price transparency is needed to provide clear price signals to producers to inform their production and marketing decision making and improve farm gate returns. 

It will explore the costs and benefits of options to improve price transparency, including mandatory price reporting.

Further information, including the proposal requirements, is outlined in the Request for Proposal

Applications close 5.00pm on Friday, 22nd August 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Fry

Project Manager – Integrated Production Systems and Industry Issues Research

Email: pfry@mla.com.au


Assessment of the impact of the red meat Product Integrity Program

MLA seeks proposals from suitably qualified consultants or research organisations to undertake an ex-post impact assessment of the red meat industry’s Product Integrity Program. The Program comprises the livestock traceability systems, on-farm food safety systems and food safety research program, which together contribute to minimising food safety and biosecurity risks and maintaining access to international markets for red meat.

Project Objectives

a. Identify the key food safety and biosecurity risks facing the red meat production industry in Australia and the incidence of those risks on participants in the supply chain.
b. Identify and value the inputs of the Program, including the costs met by segments of the red meat industry, governments and other parties.
c. Identify the market and non-market benefits produced by the Program that accrue to Australia and to other countries, including benefits not directly related to food safety and integrity and spillover benefits.
d. Define the counterfactual scenario(s) against which the Program’s costs and benefits are to be measured.
e. Estimate the magnitude of the benefits that can be attributed to the Program and the value of those benefits.
f. Estimate final impact of the Program by showing how the costs and benefits are distributed among industry segments, governments and consumers in Australia and overseas.

Further information, including the proposal requirements, is outlined in the Terms of Reference.

Applications close 5.00pm on Friday, 15th August 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Paul Fry
Project Manager – Integrated Production Systems and Industry Issues Research
Email: pfry@mla.com.au

 

Scoping study to guide the development of work to determine expected Growth Rates of young goats and Gross Margins

It is estimated that there are between 4 and 6 million rangeland goats in Australia. They account for approximately 90% of Australia’s goatmeat production. Since goats were introduced into Australia during early settlement, they have evolved and cross bred into what is now known as the ‘Rangeland’ animal. They are extremely well adapted for survival in the Australian environment and provide a lucrative source of income for many producers particularly during drought situations.

The Australian goat industry is relatively small and is still in its early stages of development. One of the biggest issues it faces is providing regular supplies of appropriate quality meat, at a competitive price. If the supply of product was more reliable there is good scope to expand the markets for goats and goatmeat, both domestically and for export.

Project Objectives

1. Develop this study with input from MLA and members of the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA). A comprehensive operational plan for the trials would be delivered at the conclusion of this scoping study.

2. Undertake a desktop study/literature review to identify existing data which may help guide the design of the study and avoid duplication.

Terms of Reference - ToR-Scoping-study-to-guide-the-development-of-work-to-determine-expected-growth-rates-of-young-goats-and-gross-margins.pdf

Applications close 5.00pm on Friday, 11th July 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Julie Petty
Goat Industry Development Manager
Ph: 07 3620 5225
Email: jpetty@mla.com.au

 


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