MLA is seeking applications from individuals, organisations or project teams with the expertise required to undertake one or more of the following projects:
Assembling data for indicators of sustainability for the Australian beef industry
The Australian beef industry has a reputable ‘clean and green’ image, however it faces increasing public scrutiny of its production, processing and distribution practices. Increasingly stakeholders, including customers and special interest groups, are calling for more evidence that the industry is monitoring and working to improve its sustainability credentials.
The beef industry is continuously evolving to adopting proactive, transparent and coordinated approaches to meet customer and community expectations. As part of this process, the industry needs a clearer understanding of what data are currently available across the key areas of sustainability and to determine what indicators are most relevant.
The project will include:
- A full stocktake and analysis of what data could underpin meaningful performance measures
- A gap analysis against what data are available and/ or what could give rise to meaningful measures
- Identification of data gaps (for performance measures), and suggestions of how data may be collected in the future
MLA is seeking responses to assess the availability of existing data and propose approaches and likely costs to access new data across the areas of sustainability, namely economic including profitability, environmental, welfare and social.
Key project objectives are to:
- Review draft indicators provided by MLA and indicate their appropriateness for the beef industry to build a sustainability profile for the industry and improve objective reporting
- To assess the availability of existing data and propose approaches and likely costs to access new data to support the initial performance indicators
Download the terms of reference
For further details:
Meat & Livestock Australia
(02) 9463 9156
Benefits of mixed grazing with goats
The Australian goat industry is relatively small and much opportunity exists to enhance and grow the industry. One of the biggest challenges the industry 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 markets for goats and goatmeat, both domestically and for export.
Key opportunities for the industry are:
• Building sustainable supply from the rangelands, with goats being recognised and managed as a resource – rather than just as an opportunistic harvest or a pest animal to be controlled.
• Increasing high-value goat production from agricultural areas – with goats being integrated into mixed farming systems.
• Building sustainable supply into markets so those supply chains can develop with confidence.
• Increasing the number and capacity of Australian goat producers.
MLA is seeking research proposals that will enable the development of a "management package" for the successful integration of goats into sheep and/or cattle enterprises in both pastoral/rangeland zones and higher rainfall areas.
The management package will focus on the benefits of "co-grazing" and will feature feed utilisation, weed and pasture management, environmental benefits and the mutual benefits to sheep, cattle and goat production.
Supporting economic analysis demonstrating the benefits of diversifying into goats, such as financial or production risk management is also required. This analysis should be undertaken in association with real life diversification scenarios for higher rainfall and pastoral/rangeland mixed enterprise producers and include the multiple benefits cited above. The goal of documenting these scenarios is to assist new entrants to the industry with the provision of detailed, instructional ‘how we did this’ stories with supporting financial data.
Terms of Reference - Terms-of-reference-Benefits-of-Diversifying-into-Goats.pdf
Applications close 5.00pm on Friday, 26th September 2014.
For further information, please contact:
Goat Industry Development Manager
Ph: 07 3620 5225