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:

Effect of Heat Load and other factors on the incidence of Dark Cutting Carcasses of Feedlot Cattle


Many Australian feedlots report an increased incidence of dark cutting carcasses during summer as a result of excessive heat load. Dark cutting is a complex multifactorial condition influenced by factors both pre- and post-slaughter. Maximising muscle glycogen is critical to minimising the incidence of dark cutting beef. Periods of excessive heat load are theorised to minimise feed intake of cattle and result in stress which collectively lower muscle glycogen. Recently, post-slaughter conditions have also been reported to influence incidence of dark cutting carcasses. Hughes et al. (2014) reported the incidence of dark cutting carcasses decreased from 8 to 3% as time of grading was increased from 14 hour to 31 hours post slaughter.

Reducing the time that cattle are off feed and duration of lairage is theorised to be critical to minimising dark cutting carcasses. Fasting periods of greater than 24 h have been reported to increase the incidence of dark cutting carcasses and reduce quantity of hot carcass weight marketed from United States feedlot research. No Australian research has examined the effects of duration of lairage on carcass characteristics of feedlot cattle during summer.

Terms of reference - Heat load & dark cutting

Proposals must be lodged electronically as Word document to:
Proposals must be received by 5pm Friday 22 July 2016.

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Dr. Joseph McMeniman
Feedlot Project Manager
Phone: 0447 264 341

Expression of Interest: A Strategic partnership for Research Development and Adoption in Animal welfare


RD&A is central to increasing industry productivity, profitability and ensuring sustainability within the red meat industries. It is funded and carried out by a complex web of research and extension providers and investors.  Meat and Livestock Australia is an integral component of this web, alongside the Australian, state and Northern Territory governments, CSIRO, Universities, private companies and industry based consultants. The Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2020(MISP) identifies the need to secure ‘consumer and community support’ for the red meat industry by demonstrating the ‘welfare of animals within our care’ and delivering an ‘Increase in community support for industry animal welfare practices on 2015 baseline’. This priority area has the highest combined forecast value within MISP 2020 of approximately $3.5 billion through addressing risks to markets and ceasing opportunities. This amount represents more than 25% of the total forecast value from investment within MISP2020. The beef and sheep industry strategic plans have similar objectives.  To deliver these will require significant effort and investment by MLA and its co-investors.

Through the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC), the Australian, State and Northern Territory governments, Rural R&D corporations, CSIRO, and Universities have jointly developed the National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Framework to encourage greater collaboration and promote continuous improvement in the investment of RD&E resources nationally.  The Framework has sought to provide the structure and institutional arrangements needed to strengthen national research capability and better address cross–sectoral and sectoral research and development including animal welfare.  The Red Meat Co-Investment Committee (RMCiC) is a stakeholder forum through which MLA interacts nationally with its major co-investors and has a role in ensuring the RD&E Frameworks function effectively.  RMCiC have committed to working with MLA to develop a strategic partnership around Animal Welfare RD&A. 

Expression of interest - Welfare strategic partnership

Estimated EOI process and timeline:
Tuesday 14 June 2016: An EOI interest registered with MLA
Tuesday 21 June 2016: Successful parties will be invited to a day long workshop with supply chain participants on 27 June at North Sydney

The address for delivery of the EOI documentation is:

Dr Jim Rothwell
Meat and Livestock Australia
On Farm Innovation Adoption
Level 1, 40 Mount Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060, Australia 

Or by email:

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For further information contact
Dr Jim Rothwell
Program Manager Animal Health Welfare & Biosecurity
Phone: 02 9463 9230

National Livestock Genetics Consortium (NLGC) call for Implementation Committee Applicants


The NLGC is a concept that is being progressed by key investors across the value chain. It is a future coordination vehicle that can increase collaboration, transparency, communication and investment in livestock genetics research, development and extension (RD&E) in Australia. The primary aim of this initiative is to significantly increase the rate of genetic progress achieved in the sheep and beef industries.
A co-investment prospectus, developed by MLA as a result of extensive consultation with stakeholders, can be found at the following webpage:

Significant in-principle interest and commitment has been received from a large number of participants across the value chain (including seedstock producers, breed societies, research organisations, state departments, processors, producers) in the form of both cash and in-kind resources. To date over $16M in cash and over $38M of in-kind resources have been nominated by interested parties.

On 22 April, interested potential co-investors declared in-principle support for the establishment of a consortium. They also agreed to establish an Implementation Committee that would build on the draft prospectus and develop a more detailed Investment Plan that outlines in detail the objectives, key performance indicators to be achieved against the Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2020, processes for initiating projects and the governance structures that need to be put in place to manage the consortia into the future. Key principles for a code of conduct to participate in the consortium will also be developed. It is proposed that the investment plan will be completed within the next 3 months, with a view to then achieving final sign off from the relevant stakeholders.

Terms of reference - NLGC Implementation Committee

Applications are to be submitted to Sam Gill, Beef Genetics and Data Insights Manager at by COB 17 May 2016.

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For further information please contact either
Sam Gill
Mobile: 0428 248 552

Ian Johnsson
Phone: 0421 231 240