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:

Call for Expressions of Interest - Expert Panel Chair and Members

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is establishing an independent, technical expert panel to review and rank research, development and adoption (RD&A) proposals submitted to MLA through the annual open call for projects. An Expert (peer review) Panel process will deliver independence, quality, objectivity and transparency to project review and selection by MLA.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for panel membership and/or the Expert Panel Independent Chair position should be submitted to MLA addressing the selection criteria in the Terms of Reference for either/both:

  • pre-selection to a pool of potential Expert Panel members
  • appointment of an Independent Expert Panel Chair.

Expressions of Interest

EOIs should not exceed four pages, and be submitted electronically to Mary Goodacre mgoodacre@mla.com.au by Sunday 21 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Mary Goodacre
Consultation Strategy Manager
Mobile: 0411 680 435
Email: mgoodacre@mla.com.au  

Building Red Meat and Livestock Industry Capability

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking Preliminary Project Proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to deliver a program of work designed to attract new and young entrants to the sheepmeat and grassfed beef industries and careers in research, development and adoption that underpin these industries.

Specific areas to address include:

  • strategic partnerships with supportive cultures that attract and build capacity and career options for new and young entrants to sheepmeat and grassfed beef sectors and the RD&A programs that underpin them
  • research to better understand what attracts young people into agriculture and related  sciences
  • learning how other industries build longer term careers for new and young entrants
  • the design of mentoring programs to enable effective succession and maintenance of critical knowledge and skills for the industry.

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Jim Rothwell
Program Manager Health, Welfare and Biosecurity
Telephone: 02 9463 9230
Email: jrothwell@mla.com.au  

Sustainable packaging value chain opportunities in the Australian red meat industry 

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to investigate new business models for sustainable packaging materials within the Australian red meat industry.

The project will focus on developing business models for sustainable packaging products for Australian Red Meat industry to either replace conventional non-renewable packaging products; or enable product reuse or recycling thus diverting all product packing from landfill.  

The project objectives include:

  • provide future direction to MLA’s research, development and extension (RD&E) activities relating to red meat packaging innovations over the next 5 years;
  • present at least two business models for sustainable packaging solutions for the red meat industry that reduce waste generation and associated environmental impacts (i.e. landfill, greenhouse gas emissions, resource consumption, etc.).

Terms of reference

This project will be completed before Friday June 3rd 2016, including the final report to MLA.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by 5pm AEST on Sunday 28th of February 2016.

If you have questions regarding this project, please contact:

Doug McNicholl
Value Chain Relationship Manager
Mobile: 0439 275 794
Email: dmcnicholl@mla.com.au

Southern BusinessEDGE Presenters

Background

Over 30 northern BusinessEDGE courses have been delivered to over 500 predominantly beef producers within the last five years. The courses have recently been updated using findings from The Northern Beef Report - 2013. Due to the success of these courses in assisting producers in developing their business skills and financial literacy, a two day southern focussed BusinessEDGE course has been developed for delivery to mixed enterprise operations. The course has been designed to provide participants with the basic understanding and skills to run the business side of a mixed enterprise operation. The overall objective is for participants to achieve a reasonable level of financial literacy that can be further developed over time.

Selection criteria

Potential presenter qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualifications in any discipline related to the business of agricultural production, with special reference to broad-acre grazing.
  • A detailed understanding of the business principles that drive profitable agriculture.
  • At least ten years of post-graduate experience in agricultural production extension, preferably in the private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex business material to a producer audience face-to-face, in an audience friendly manner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and ability to develop relevant regional case studies and add practical context to abstract course material.
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills especially when audience discussion takes the course material off track.
  • Ability and willingness to be part of a national team of experts with the knowledge, experience and ability to support continuous improvements to the course over time.
  • Demonstrated experience in one-on-one advice and support to broad acre producers in understanding business performance and implementing strategies to improve profitability.
  • Ability and commitment to take on the responsibility of promoting the courses (with MLA input) registration and running a course where the full financial risk is borne by the presenter, and to run follow-up courses.

Terms of Reference

Expressions of interest should be submitted electronically to applications@mla.com.au by close of business Wednesday 10 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Jane Wightman
Innovation and Adoption Project Manager – Grassfed Beef
On Farm Innovation and Adoption
Phone: 07 3620 5232 or 0416 189 775
Email: jwightman@mla.com.au 

Adaptation in a future whole farm systems context

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking Preliminary Project Proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to undertake research into reducing knowledge deficits, or increasing adoption of technology related to the options for sheepmeat and grassfed beef production systems to deal with variable seasons and changing climates.

Specific areas to address are:

  1. Scoping and modelling activity to better define the system level implications and opportunities to increase profitability considering changes in future climate, technologies, livestock and pastures.
  2. The role of tropical pasture species adaptation to new areas to assist in southern and western pasture production systems, and legume options for northern Australia.
  3. Filling regionally identified feed gaps in a changed climate context by adaptation options around pasture species, crops and combinations to ensure persistence and productivity of the feedbase and protection of the soil resource, in the short and long term.
  4. Scoping a decision tool and training program to aid risk management.

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Davison
Project Manager, Sustainable Feedbase Resources
Telephone: 0411 680 741
Email: tdavison@mla.com.au

Integration of cropping and livestock

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking Preliminary Project Proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to undertake research into reducing knowledge deficits, or promoting adoption of technology that integrate livestock and cropping in southern Australian mixed farming systems. Regional priorities have been defined which add definition to the required outputs.

The scope of this TOR covers two separate but related areas:

  1. Develop a RD&A investment plan to increase sheepmeat and grassfed beef production from crop-pasture systems. The investment plan is to define the opportunities for sheep and beef cattle production businesses that can grow crops and pastures. The system opportunity may be driven and supported by future climate scenarios, variable seasons, new technologies, changes to the feedbase, crop types, animal genetics, enterprise mix, target markets and the management calendar. The plan will be based on pre-experimental modelling to define system level implications and opportunities, and an interactive process with producers to refine the modelling and ensure regional relevance. Implicit in this program development is the definition of options for production systems to deal with variable seasons and changing climates, while meeting market specifications and community concerns (welfare and environment).
  2. Scope decision tool/s and data sources/products to support decision making in mixed farming systems, and, following producer support for the "tools", progress development.

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Cameron Allan
Program Manager, Sustainable Feedbase Resources
Telephone: 0419 469 246
Email: callan@mla.com.au

Managing feed supply and demand in extensive livestock production systems – total grazing pressure

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking Preliminary Project Proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to undertake research into managing total grazing pressure (TGP) in extensive livestock production systems. TGP is an issue of managing feed supply and demand - this being outcome of component RD&A.

Specific areas to address are:

  1. outline a RD&A implementation model based on action learning and participatory research for TGP in extensive livestock production systems
  2. review past research, compiled with producer experiences to develop a repository of options for TGP
  3. develop an information package for producers and other land managers or regulatory agents
  4. research to support addressing community perceptions of pest animal management and candidate control measures.

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Cameron Allan
Program Manager Sustainable Feedbase Resources
Telephone: 0419 469 246 or 02 6361 1204
Email: callan@mla.com.au

Reduce the economic impact of endemic diseases of sheep and grassfed cattle

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking Preliminary Project Proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams to undertake research or increase adoption of technology to reduce the economic impact of endemic diseases of sheep and grassfed cattle.

Specific areas to address are:

  1. defining the production benefits from effective cattle tick management strategies
  2. modelling the potential southward movement of livestock disease in response to climate change and the adaptation in a future whole farm systems context, and
  3. reducing the impact of major endemic diseases in the national sheep flock, particularly internal parasites.

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Johann Schröder
R&D Project Manager, Animal Health Welfare & Biosecurity
Telephone: 07 3620 5202
Email: jschroder@mla.com.au

Novel feed strategies for supplementation

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking preliminary project proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to identify and outline research and development activities that provide novel feeding strategies for supplementation in the grass fed beef industry across Australia.

This work will seek to develop precise recommendations and developmental strategies that address existing knowledge gaps and identify opportunities to promote the adoption of technologies for supplementing grassfed beef cattle, excluding feedlots. Regional priorities have been defined that add definition to each required output.

The scope of this program of work includes determining options for northern and southern grassfed beef production systems to manage supplement use more efficiently, improve animal productivity and reduce costs associated with managing variable seasons and animal growth paths.

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Nigel Tomkins
R&D Project Manager Grassfed Productivity
On Farm Innovation and Adoption
Telephone:  07 3620 5234
Email: ntomkins@mla.com.au

Rapid dissemination of superior genetics for the northern beef herd

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking preliminary project proposals from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to undertake research and development activities that provide rapid, cost effective mechanisms to introduce superior genetics into the northern commercial beef herds.

This work will seek to reduce knowledge deficits and/or promote the adoption of technologies associated with reproductive physiology, reproductive technologies and strategies for improved uptake and access for commercial northern producers by targeting heifers as a means to achieve rapid dissemination of superior genetics.

The scope of this program of work includes determining the options for grassfed beef production systems to access and maximise the use of superior genetics in a challenging environment.

Specific areas to address are:

  • development of decision support tools based on reproductive technologies that will  improve farming businesses by delivering cost effective pathways
  • conduct new research that achieves an increase in livestock productivity for the northern beef herd through reproductive technologies

Terms of Reference

Applications close: midnight Sunday 14 February 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Nigel Tomkins
R&D Project Manager Grassfed Productivity
Telephone:  07 3620 5234
Email: ntomkins@mla.com.au

Development of RD&A strategy  for an environmentally sustainable value chain

MLA seeks proposals for provision of services to development a research, development and adoption (RD&A) strategy to guide the development and establish environmentally sustainable value chains for the Australian Red Meat Industry. 

The objective of the project is to develop a strategy that will guide MLA’s RD&A activities to further enhance existing, as well as establish new environmentally sustainable value chains within the Australian Red Meat Industry over the period 2016-2020.

Terms of reference

This project will be completed, including acceptance of the strategy, before Friday June 3rd  2016, including the final report to MLA.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by 5pm AEST on Friday 29th of January 2016.

If you have questions regarding this project, contact:

Doug McNicholl
Value Chain Relationship Manager
Mobile: 0439 275 794
Email: dmcnicholl@mla.com.au

RD&A framework for value adding from waste

MLA seeks proposals for provision of services to development a research, development and adoption (RD&A) strategy to identify opportunities to value-add to waste materials generated by the Australian red meat industry. The strategy will focus on expanding existing and developing new value chain opportunities that link waste generators with supply chain partners through the development of value-added waste products.

The strategy will identify whole of value-chain value propositions and business models for waste products derived from the red meat industry and other industries whose waste could be integrated into a value chain within the red meat industry.

Terms of reference

This project will be completed, including acceptance of the strategy, before Friday June 3rd  2016, including the final report to MLA.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by 5pm AEST on Friday 29th of January 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Doug McNicholl
Value Chain Relationship Manager
Mobile: 0439 275 794
Email: dmcnicholl@mla.com.au