MLA offers a range of funding opportunities for red meat producers interested in participating in initiatives and events that accelerate the adoption of R&D outputs and promote sustainability and competitiveness in the on-farm sector.
Producer demonstration sites
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is committed to partnering with producer groups to achieve improved business profitability and productivity outcomes. Producer Demonstration Sites (PDS) aim to increase the rate of adoption of key management practices and technologies that improve business profitability and productivity, by shortening the time lag between technological innovation and adoption of practices by producers at a local level. The PDS program supports groups of livestock producers to adapt, validate and demonstrate the business value of integrating new management practices and associated skills into local farming systems. The key outcome of a PDS is producer adoption of the demonstrated management practices resulting in improved business performance.
Who can undertake a Producer Demonstration Site project?
Funding is available for producer groups to adapt, validate and demonstrate the business value of integrating new technologies and on-farm management practices into local farming systems. Groups will require a person experienced in group facilitation and extension, monitoring and evaluation of on-farm practice change and communication and reporting, to oversee the demonstration.
For more information on Producer Demonstration Sites.
How to apply
MLA is calling for preliminary applications for PDS sites related to improved sheep or goat business profitability and productivity to commence between February and May 2016. Funding is available for up to 5 sheep focused and 2-3 goat focused projects this round. Additional open calls for applications related to sheep, beef and goat demonstrations may follow.
Producer Demonstration Site project reporting
All PDS projects are required to report on progress at 6monthly intervals, and to submit a final report when the project is complete. An annual teleconference will be held between MLA, MLA PDS Coordinator, Producer Group chair and PDS facilitator to review progress.
Phone: (02) 9463 9235
MLA Producer Demonstration Site Coordinator
Phone 0419 872 684