Co-investment opportunities

MLA Donor Company Limited (MDC) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). MDC accelerates innovation across the value chain so the Australian red meat and livestock industry can remain competitive on the world stage.

It does this by attracting commercial investment from individual enterprises and others that share a mutual interest to co-invest in innovation that will benefit the industry.

The Australian Government matches voluntary partner contributions (up to 50%) through MDC, where eligible projects deliver outcomes that address broader industry and/or government priorities and benefit the entire industry.

MDC attracts investment from every part of the red meat and livestock value chain, including processors, value-adders, breed societies, large pastoral companies, international collaborators, universities, research providers and technology providers. MDC works in partnership with these value chain partners to deliver products and services to the Australian red meat industry.

MDC is always seeking co-investment partners in innovation that will benefit the industry. If you are interested in partnering with MDC we encourage you to complete an Application Form or contact us at

MDC Future Feedbase Partnership Program

MDC is currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals, organisations or project teams to co-invest in the Future Feedbase MDC Partnership Program.

MDC is looking to strategically partner with Australian and international collaborators with the capability to conduct projects to inform and undertake feedbase research and delivery options by geographic zone.

Proposals should outline innovative approaches that:

  • address feedgaps and contribute to lifting the sustainable carrying capacity by consulting with producers on the design, implementation and interpretation of the science and undertaking (or using prior) pre-experimental modelling/testing, and
  • optimise the use of forage available on the whole farm to meet animal enterprise needs, the market specifications for those enterprises and maintain/improve the natural resource base.

In addition to ensuring that project outcomes achieve a tangible impact, proposals that also support growing industry capability and capacity (R&D) for the future growth of the red meat industry will be considered favourably.

Projects that can be implemented at scale (geographically) will also be viewed favourably.

A Q&A webinar on EOI was held on 4 October 2017 – to hear the webinar recording, please click here


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