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 early 2017. Funding is available for up to 6 sheep focused and 2 goat focused projects this round. Additional open calls for applications related to sheep, beef and goat demonstrations may follow.

Webinar: Producer Demonstration Site open call
Recorded: 5 October 2016

Are you thinking of submitting a funding application to MLA’s Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) program open call? To give yourself the best chance of getting your application approved, watch this short webinar where program coordinator Russell Pattinson and MLA project managers provide tips and suggestions for how to ensure your application as compelling as possible.

The webinar provides an overview of the application process and dates to note for the 2016 call, walks through an example of a well-structured PDS application, talks through common mistakes/what not to do, gives an overview of what activities are and aren’t eligible for funding and provide some examples of effective communication and monitoring and evaluation plans.

This webinar is a must see for potential PDS coordinators and interested producer groups.



Reference Documents

Submission dates

Download a copy of the Terms of Reference and PDS guidelines.

South-eastern Australia priorities (see pages 16-18)
Western Australia
Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting guidelines

Webinar: Producer Demonstration Site open call


Prepare a preliminary application & send to

Friday, 21 October 2016

Notifications on applications to progress to full proposal

Friday, 4 November 2016

Prepare a full application & send to

Friday, 25 November 2016

Successful candidates notified

Friday, 9 December 2016

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.

More information

Renelle Jeffrey
Phone: (02) 9463 9235


Russell Pattinson
MLA Producer Demonstration Site Coordinator
Phone 0419 872 684