New online industry services tailored to you

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is committed to helping producers run more profitable, sustainable and globally competitive businesses through increased adoption of new technology and use of data.

As a result MLA has launched a number of new online services to help foster the prosperity of the red meat and livestock industry.

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The services are:

  • single sign-on – the ability to use one user name and password for key Integrity and Information Systems – National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), Livestock Production Assurance (LPA), National Vendor Declarations (NVDs), and Live Data Link (LDL)
  • an upgraded Prices & Markets section of the MLA website, now offering you a greater variety of market information, deeper analysis and improved functionality.
  • myMLA – a customised online dashboard that provides personalised information cards and access to the systems above.

The following page contains information, including videos, on what the new services are and how they work. Click on the questions below to show the answer.

If you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for below - or require further technical assistance - please email [email protected] or call MLA on 1800 023 100 during business hours.

Want to know more about MLA’s new online services – watch the video below to find out more:

myMLA

myMLA is a new component of the MLA website. It offers personalised, relevant content delivered straight to an online dashboard that is unique to each user, based on pre-determined preferences.

What is included in myMLA? (video included)

Once you enter your postcode and select your enterprise type, choosing from grassfed cattle, grainfed cattle, sheep and goats, myMLA will provide you with:

  • a personalised 7-day weather forecast based on your location
  • customised information from our Prices and Markets team based on the species you farm and your business location. Furthermore, you can customise up to 8 online ‘market information/indicator cards’ on your dashboard
  • information on events happening near you
  • a flow of pertinent industry news, market news and advice and information from MLA and other sources
  • suggested links to relevant research resources and tools on the MLA website
  • a link to a single sign-on facility for key Industry Integrity Systems NLIS, LPA and NVDs, MSA

myMLA is a new service and we welcome your feedback. Please check your dashboard to take part in a short survey and make suggestions on how MLA can improve our online services.

Want to know how to sign up for myMLA? Watch the video below to find out more:

How does the myMLA dashboard system work? (video included)

The dashboard holds information ‘cards’ that can be easily added and sorted based on what is more relevant and useful to you – in effect you can 'pick your preferences’.

You can add market information report cards (8 in total) by clicking on the ‘Add Indicator’ button in the top right hand corner of the page. Reports can be customised and added to your dashboard. Each report card links though to the Prices and Markets section of the MLA website by clicking on ‘view deeper analysis.’ 

Watch the video below to find out how to add indicators in myMLA:

Watch the video below to find out how to tailor market information cards within myMLA:

How do I customise my dashboard?

Each dashboard card can be expanded by clicking on the blue arrow at the bottom of the card. This reveals more information. For example you can expand the weather card showing the 12 hour forecast to display the forecast for the full week. From there, you can click through to the dedicated weather forecast section on mla.com.au for even more in-depth weather information.

You can make the dashboard suit your preferences by modifying the layout (to sort the cards). To modify the layout, click on ‘Change Layout’ in the top right hand corner. You can then drag and drop each card. Once you are happy with the layout click on ‘Save Layout’ in the top right hand corner.

How can I update my details?

Visit the profile tab within myMLA – here you can change your location, species, e-mail address and password.

How can I provide feedback on myMLA?

Integrity and information systems single sign-on

Following extensive feedback from red meat producers, MLA has created the ability to use one username and password for key red meat industry integrity and information systems. As detailed above, this ‘single sign-on’ function is accessed via the myMLA dashboard.

How do I link my industry integrity and information systems (video included)

From myMLA you can link your additional industry accounts to your myMLA credentials allowing you to access each system using the same login. You can do this via the ‘Linked Accounts’ menu item at the top of the page. Once you have clicked on ‘Link account’ you will be prompted to enter your login credentials for that system to link that. You can add more than one account for each system.

Watch the video below to find out how to link accounts in myMLA:

I have an existing NLIS account, what am I able to do?

As before, you can:

  • access your full NLIS account
  • record livestock movements
  • search for PICs
  • run livestock reports
I am LPA accredited, what am I able to do?

As before, you can:

  • order NVDs and eDECs
  • renew your accreditation
  • use the LPA learning tool to test your understanding of program requirements
I am MSA accredited, what am I able to do?

As before, you can:

  • access grading data, including MSA index values
  • track MSA compliance trends over time
  • use feedback to make production decisions to optimise eating quality performance
  • access the MSA Index calculator to estimate the eating quality performance of your herd
  • generate feedback reports including carcase feedback, MSA non-compliance, company specification non-compliance, MSA graphs and data downloads
I am part of an LDL supply chain, what am I able to do?

As before, you can:

  • access feedback on beef and/or sheep carcases
  • access information on non-compliant carcases and the associated cost of non-compliance at an individual animal, mob or herd/flock level
  • access performance benchmarking within a herd/flock, and at regional, state or national levels
  • access carcase performance outcomes that are linked to a library of solutions on addressing non-compliant issues on farm.
Do I have to use the ‘single sign-on’ function to access my integrity systems?

No, using the single sign-on system is not compulsory. You can still use the previous system of logging in through separate usernames and passwords for each individual system. 

If I use the ‘single sign-on’ will MLA have access to my NLIS, LPA, MSA and LDL information?

The new system does not mean MLA will gain access to information about individual users and your businesses. NLIS, MSA, LDL and LPA will continue to hold producer information in the same way as they have done in the past – single sign-on just allows you easier access i.e the ability to use one username and password to access all of the different systems.

How do I find out my current log-in details that are auto saved by my computer?

To link your existing accounts to myMLA, you will need to enter your log-in details. All sites have functions to assist in accessing forgotten log-in details.

I don’t know my LPA, NLIS, MSA or LDL membership logins?

If you don’t know your log in details please contact 1800 023 100 or visit that program’s website. In some cases you can retrieve a password by using email.

I have multiple accounts – can they all be linked under myMLA?

Yes – one or more account can be linked. You will also be able to switch between linked accounts without logging out and logging back in via the ‘linked account’ button in myMLA.

Prices and markets – market information

MLA has upgraded the Prices & Markets section of the MLA website to provide valuable and interactive market information and deeper analysis of that data.

This can be accessed as an extension of the myMLA dashboard or via the Prices & Markets section of the MLA website.

The system is intuitive, user friendly and designed to help producers make informed business decisions based on the delivery and interpretation of a significant amount of market information, data and analysis.

Want to know how to use new prices and markets section of the MLA website – watch the video below to find out more:

Why were these services created?

There is no doubt producers are facing a vast and increasing range of data generated by new technology. MLA aims to facilitate the capture and use of relevant data, helping producers by providing information that is relevant to their business.

With that in mind, these services were created to respond to:

  • producer and industry feedback
  • a desire to create efficiencies in service provision
  • the need to manage the capture and distribution of data from multiple and rapidly increasing sources.
Can I still access market information PDF reports?

Yes, the full PDF sale reports are still available and can be found in the prices and markets section of the website under ‘pdf saleyard reports’.

Why isn’t there information for every saleyard across Australia?

MLA currently collects data and reports from over 60 sheep and cattle sales on a weekly basis. Each year the markets reported are reviewed and adjusted according to throughput, to ensure major regional selling centres in each state are captured. If you’re closest saleyard is not available, MLA suggests monitoring the next closest to you, or one of the state specific indicators. 

Can I find historical reports?

Visit the dynamic reports section of prices and markets and choose the saleyards and type/category of stock, select price trends over time (ranging from 3 months -3 years) and view the specific data. If its prices you are after, then hover your cursor over the chart, however for the corresponding historical commentary click ‘excel’ to download a spreadsheet that contains all the required information. If you require a specific report from a date, for a stock squad investigation for example (which occurs every now and again), please email [email protected]

I want to see paddock sales to feeders or direct to feed trends?

The feeder indicator section is the collection of paddock sale indictors to feedlots. MLA also collects AuctionsPlus data.

Where is the statistics database link?

The link to the statistics database can be found on the prices and markets homepage at the top on the right hand side, in a green box that says ‘search statistics database’ and is also the first option in the data library section of the webpage.

How is this upgrade different to the market statistics database?

This tool allows you to interact more freely with the individual saleyard data and key indicators for up to a three year period. The market statistics database still houses key livestock indicators and export, retail and herd/flock information, and allows you to dive deeper into the data – beyond three years.

How do I see the prices in $/head (or ¢/kg lwt, ¢/kg cwt or number of head)?

‘View as’ is an option on the right hand side above the graphs for viewing price data in ¢/kg lwt, ¢/kg cwt and $/head for cattle and ¢/kg cwt and $/head for sheep. You can also select the number of head “head no.” to see how many cattle are contributing to the prices you are monitoring or the number of cattle/sheep that fall into that category.

How do I un-select a state/saleyard/category etc in the prices and market reports section?

The selections you make will show in grey. If you wish to change one or unselect one (such as state), simply click on it again so it returns to white.

How do I download data for a category (e.g. yearling steers) through a saleyard?

Go to the market reports and prices page and select the saleyard and category. Once you have found the specifications of interest, click on ‘export as excel’ in the bottom right hand corner.

What does OTH, lwt and cwt mean?
  • Over-the-hooks (OTH) referS to a producer selling directly to a processor on a ¢/kg cwt basis on delivery. It is also referred to as direct-to-works, direct-to-slaughter etc.
  • Lwt refers to an animals live weight.
  • Cwt refers to carcase weight and is not to be confused with hundredweight. Carcase weight is the weight of an animal’s carcase (meat and bone) when the offal, hide and hooves have been removed. In the Australian system, producers typically get paid a ¢/kg cwt price when selling to an abattoir. To calculate what an animal’s cwt is, you multiply the lwt by the dressing percentage. Dressing percentage refers to the percentage of the live weight that is cwt. The usual range in dressing percentage is 38-60% depending on the condition, sex, breed of animal. Please see attached dressing percentage prime facts from the NSW DPI. 
Is MLA’s wide range of market information publications still available?

Yes, the following publications can be accessed in the usual way:

LiveLink – a monthly summary of live export including number of head, prices, destination and state export from – historical data is available in MI database.

Cattle Projections – forecasts on market influences, herd numbers, exports and production.

Sheep Projections – forecastson market influences, flock numbers, exports and production.

North of the Tropic beef report – Northern Australian prices and numbers, live export, saleyard and slaughter – historical data is available in MI database.

Lotfeeding brief – snapshot of the lotfeeding industry, including number on feed and influences on the lot feeding industry – historical data is available in the Market Statistics Database.

Co-product reports – offal and co-product exports, prices and demand factors – historical data is available in the Market Statistics Database.

Red meat market snapshots – provides statistics and insights on Australian red meat export destinations, including population, consumer behaviour, exports, in market trends, competitors and  cooking styles.

Meat and Livestock Weekly Stats – statisticalsummary which encompasses the domestic market, including saleyard prices, over-the-hook prices, feeder and live export quotes as well as co-products, slaughter and throughput information across the cattle and sheep markets.

Industry Fast Facts – includes herd facts and figures, employment, production, value, domestic value and consumption, export value and volume and Australia’s place in the world for sheep, goats and beef.

History of sheep and cattle prices – gives a history of the Australian sheep and cattle industry and reports of the value of prices in real terms.

Livestock distribution maps – shows the distribution of the cattle herd and sheep flock across the Natural Resource Management regions and includes special maps like the cattle population that is effected by blue tongue virus.

Other useful acronyms:

  Cattle   Sheep & Lamb
  FD: Feeder   RS: Restocker
  RS: Restocker   MR: Merino
  GF: Certified Grainfed   RM: Restocker Merino
  DA: Dairy   1X: 1st Cross
   PC: Pastoral Cattle   FD: Feeder
  DP: Dorper

For more information please email [email protected] or call 1800 023100.

Further reading and background information

Why were these services created?

There is no doubt producers are facing a vast and increasing range of data generated by new technology. MLA aims to facilitate the capture and use of relevant data, helping producers by providing information that is relevant to their business.

With that in mind, these services were created to respond to:

  • producer and industry feedback
  • a desire to create efficiencies in service provision
  • the need to manage the capture and distribution of data from multiple and rapidly increasing sources.
Who has developed these new online services?

The three online services were delivered as a single project, coordinated and managed by MLA.

A number of specialist teams within MLA worked closely to deliver the project, creating efficiencies and cost savings through a collaborative approach. The teams will continue to work together to ensure professional, ongoing service delivery.

Can the new services be used on mobiles and tablets?

Yes, the new services are fully responsive, which means they can be used at any time on any device, including mobile phones and tablets.

How does MLA protect my personal information?

MLA takes data protection seriously and has taken steps to ensure a high level of data security and privacy protection. All password details and data will be protected. MLA does not share your data with outside organisations.

Who will benefit from these services?

The services are designed to benefit the entire red meat supply chain and can be accessed by non-MLA members. The services have been developed to help producers make more informed business decisions and provide an online platform they will find useful day in day out.

What about producers with poor internet access?

MLA is well aware of the challenges regarding internet access in rural areas, and this will undoubtedly affect some users.

It is anticipated that rural connectivity will continue to improve, allowing more producers to access a wider range of online services.

MLA is confident that now is the right time to introduce these services to the industry.

How does this link with MLA’s Digital Value Chain Strategy?

The services are part of MLA’s Digital Value Chain Strategy, which was announced by MLA in July ‘16. For more information please visit https://www.mla.com.au/news-and-events/industry-news/australian-red-meat-industrys-digital-strategy-forum/

The Strategy is designed to empower every participant at every point in the value chain through data-driven commercial decision making.

These new online services are a first step to capturing the enormous wealth of data generated across our industry and delivering it to levy payers and the wider red meat and livestock industry through an integrated information platform.