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:

Mapping ESCAS against meat quality, safety and hygiene

The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) launched in 2011, is the regulatory framework for the livestock export trade that covers the entire supply chain in overseas markets from disembarkation to the point of slaughter. Since the implementation of ESCAS workcontinues on ensuring that animal welfare is in line with international animal welfare standards (OIE), that control is maintained within the supply chain and that exporters maintain the ability to trace animals and ensure that they are processed through approved facilities.

Overseas governments are focusing on continual improvement in standards of animal welfare, and on food safety and hygiene. There is an opportunity to demonstrate the link between ESCAS compliance with best practice meat quality, safety and hygiene practices. Promotion of the shared benefits will act as a useful tool and incentive in existing supply chains, as well as being promoted and implemented in new and emerging markets. Identification of the contribution of ESCAS towards meat quality, safety and hygiene objectives will support and promote the important message of ESCAS as a pathway to improved food safety.

The MLA/LiveCorp Livestock Export Program (LEP) is seeking expressions of interest from qualified consultants to deliver against the terms of reference attached below. The LEP will select the best placed consultant to deliver all or part of the project.

Terms of Reference - Terms-of-reference-Mapping-ESCAS-against-meat-quality-safety-and-hygiene.pdf

Preliminary Application Form - click here

Applications close 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Dundon

R&D Manager - Livestock Export Program

Ph: +61 (427) 255 335 Mobile

Ph: +61 (2) 9463 9385 Sydney

Ph: +61 (2) 6773 4517 Armidale

E-mail: sdundon@mla.com.au

 

Development and Assessment of Livestock Welfare Indicators

There are currently only two indicators of welfare used by industry and/or stakeholders to measure industry’s performance on animal welfare – on-board mortality and non-compliances with the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System. Neither provide an accurate picture on the scale of industry effort and commitment to animal welfare along the supply chain. As such, community attitudes to the livestock export trade are often seen through a narrow prism of isolated but often brutal incidents of animal cruelty.

Livestock exporters have endorsed an Industry Reform Strategy containing a series of actions to reframe the debate on the livestock export trade through better alignment between industry performance and community expectations. The aim of the strategy is to build trust with the Australian public and to strengthen industry’s social license to operate.

The LEP is seeking expressions of interest from qualified researchers and/or consultants who have a solid understanding of animal welfare and whom are familiar with the livestock export industry to deliver on the below terms of reference. Industry will select the best placed applicants to deliver all or part of the below terms of reference.

Terms of Reference - Terms-of-reference-Development-and-Assessment-of-Livestock-Welfare-Indicators.pdf

Preliminary Application Form - click here

Applications close 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Dundon

R&D Manager - Livestock Export Program

Ph: +61 (427) 255 335 Mobile

Ph: +61 (2) 9463 9385 Sydney

Ph: +61 (2) 6773 4517 Armidale

E-mail: sdundon@mla.com.au

  

Standards and Performance Benchmarking the Livestock Export Industry

In 2006, the Livestock Export Program conducted a benchmarking project which compared Australia’s livestock export standards with those of other countries. The major conclusions from this report were that there were no formal systems in place in other countries, therefore nothing significant was identified that could have been used to benchmark the current Australian standards. In 2014 the operating environment is different and the Australian livestock export industry is continually under pressure to demonstrate that it has developed systems for delivering acceptable animal welfare outcomes in the handling and slaughter of animals in destination markets.

The livestock export industry is operating in a new regulatory environment which is governed by the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) which includes overseas components of the livestock export trade, from disembarkation to the point of slaughter. ESCAS places responsibility on Australian exporters to maintain livestock traceability and control and to ensure measurable animal welfare outcomes are delivered in-market. In addition the industry continues to make significant investments in infrastructure, animal welfare and education and training in our export markets.

While the Australian livestock export industry is contributing to animal welfare on a global scale it is imperative that there is demonstration of continual improvement to build confidence with stakeholders and the community and assure them that the Australian live export industry has the highest standards of animal welfare and in market support.

The LEP is seeking expressions of interest from qualified researchers and/or consultants who have experience in benchmarking analysis and/or a solid understanding of animal welfare and supply chain standards and who are familiar with the livestock export industry to deliver on the below terms of reference. Industry will select the best placed applicants to deliver all or part of the below terms of reference.

Terms of Reference - Terms-of-reference-Standards-and-Performance-Benchmarking-the-Livestock-Export-Industry.pdf

Preliminary Application Form - click here

Applications close 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Dundon

R&D Manager - Livestock Export Program

Ph: +61 (427) 255 335 Mobile

Ph: +61 (2) 9463 9385 Sydney

Ph: +61 (2) 6773 4517 Armidale

E-mail: sdundon@mla.com.au


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