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Livestock Productivity Partnership

The Livestock Productivity Partnership (LPP) is a collaborative research and development (R&D) partnership involving MLA Donor Company (MDC), NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of New England and CSIRO, aimed at boosting livestock productivity and developing new R&D capacity.

The goal of the LPP is to contribute to a national increase in productivity improvement in the livestock industry from 1% to 2.5% per year by developing regional and system-specific feedbase options, and new animal phenotyping and farm management tools, primarily for producers in NSW and southern and central Queensland.

For more information:
mdc@mla.com.au 

Program - Optimising Feed Base to better meet animal requirements

Project

Objectives

Lead Organisation

Contact

Dual-purpose crops for lamb production in southern QLD and Northern NSW

  • Test the value of both autumn lambing and dual-purpose crops across northern NSW/southern QLD.
  • Field trial in Armidale area as a co-learning platform for researchers and producers to conduct research work together.
  • Provide information to producers to make decisions around changing time of lambing through incorporating dual-purpose crops into their management practices to fill the winter feed gap with forage.

CSIRO

Peter Hunt, Armidale

Improving the use of forage brassicas in mixed farming systems

  • Explore the potential of new forage brassica options to provide alternative options in regions where they are not commonly used.
  • Improve the utilisation and livestock performance when grazing brassicas.

CSIRO

Lindsay Bell, Toowoomba

Increasing livestock production by integrating tropical pastures into farming systems

  • Define the area suitable for tropical grass species and the fit in the farming system under current and future climate scenarios.
  • Determine the requirements for successful establishment.
  • Develop regionally relevant agronomy packages.
  • Enhance companion legumes and refine their management.
  • Determine the whole-farm and systems benefits from introducing the species.

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Warwick Badgery, Orange

Suzanne Boschma, Tamworth

Perennial pasture & forage combinations to extend summer feed in southern NSW

  • Evaluate the potential of familiar and unfamiliar summer-active pasture species in small-plot experiments on farm.
  • Determine the best-bet forages growing in the summer-autumn period for animal production.

CSIRO

Richard Culvenor, Canberra

Novel dual-purpose perennial cereals for grazing

  • Increased adoption of dual-purpose cereals due to increased returns to livestock producers and reduced complexity of management.
  • A feasible cropping option for growers in the high rainfall permanent pasture zone who presently do not have the option to grow grain to augment livestock production.
  • A novel, high-protein feed grain suitable for livestock.

NSW DPI

Richard Hayes, Goulburn

Extending the boundaries of legume adaptation through better soil management

  • Provide growers with a comprehensive understanding of the constraints to legume productivity across the eastern high rainfall zone and the potential to improve legume adaptation through managing soil nutrition.

NSW DPI

Richard Hayes, Goulburn

Phosphorus management and requirements of tropical legume pasture swards

  • Determine critical P requirements of a range of tropical legumes and grasses.
  • Provide recommendations to producers on phosphorus fertiliser application strategies and critical Colwell P values.

UNE

Chris Guppy, Armidale

Program - Improving nutrient utilisation efficiency to meet market specifications

Project

Objectives

Lead Organisation

Details

Optimising nutritional supplement use in Australia’s northern beef industry

Using remote technology:

  • Determine the association between supplement intake and the performance of the breeder and calf liveweight.
  • Determine the economic benefit of providing nutrients in typical multi-nutrient supplements or allowing animals “free choice” of separate, specific minerals.
  • Explore the use of 25 Vit D supplementation as a method to improve phosphorus loading prior to the wet season and improve phosphorus absorption.

UNE

Roger Hegarty, Armidale

Improving profit from pasture through increased feed efficiency

  • Study ruminant efficiency and the relationship between characteristics of the pasture sward, the behavior of the animal and the resulting digestive efficiency.
  • Determine nutrient deficiencies across a range of grazing systems from Northern Australia to northern New South Wales.
  • Identify traits for superior grazing efficiency and superior rumen phenotypes.

CSIRO/NSWDPI

Ed Charmley, Townsville

Paul Greenwood, Chiswick

Revise Australian feeding standards to better achieve product specifications and improve ruminant efficiency

  • Revision of Australian feeding standards
  • Creation of decision support tools to improve productivity and efficiency.
 

Hutton Oddy, Armidale

Julius.van der Werf, Armidale

Ed Charmley, Townsville

Program - Better management tools

Project

Objectives

Lead Organisation

Details

Developing a framework for tactical decision making to address feed deficits

  • Improved understanding of tactical management decisions for producers to adapt to seasonal variability and price.
  • Interactive stocking decision making and tactical management tool for farmers to assess different management actions for profit.

NSW DPI

Yohannes Aalemseged, Trangie

New generation NIRS calibrations to improve feed evaluation and animal growth predictions

  • Test and refine existing forage calibrations.
  • Broaden calibrations to include forage brassicas, tropical and subtropical species.
  • Include additional quality and animal performance parameters in calibration.
  • Evaluate claims that mineral content can be predicted by NIRS.

NSW DPI

CSIRO

John Pitz

Hayley Norman