Research & Development
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Welfare outcomes of calves of two ages castrated by elastrator rings
The current Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cattle states that rings should not be used for castrating calves...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | Queensland
Polled gene marker refinement: Refinement of the CSAFG29 Microsatellite Marker Test for Polled
Dehorning is routinely practiced in beef cattle, as horns are an important cause of bruising, hide damage and other injuries,...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Managing carbon in livestock systems: modelling options for net carbon balance (synthesis report)
CFI methodologies for reducing CO2-e from methane and nitrous oxide and for storing soil carbon require a standardised, simple to...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) developed the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System (PCAS); an industry owned quality assurance program that...Grassfed cattle | National
Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle for GHG Outcomes
Methane yield (MY) has been adopted internationally to compare natural variation between animals in the amount of methane they produce...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Johnes disease test validation in beef cattle - collection of resource material.
As a result of the project it is now clear that a diagnostic test which had not been validated due...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Investigating Metarhizium anisopliae for control of the biting midge Culicoides brevitarsis
The biting midge Culicoides brevitarsis is the principal vector of bluetongue and Akabane viruses in cattle in Australia. The aim...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Factors influencing the development of mucosal immunity in hand-reared calves
The potential for rearing bull calves from dairy cows in order to supply the bull beef market is hampered by...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Studies of the Epidemiology and Risk Factors Involved in the Pathogenesis of Acorn Calf Disease in Australia
Congenital chondrodystrophy of unknown origin (CCUO) is a condition where a calf from a healthy cow is born with disproportionate...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Long distance transport trial
The purpose of this project was to investigate whether specific blood and/or urine measures could be applied to assess the...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
MLA invests in both on-farm and off-farm research and development projects with a wide range of project partners, including producer groups, peak industry councils, the CSIRO, leading Australian universities and international research centres.
The R&D program is largely funded by producer levies, with matched funding from the Federal Government. Levies are also collected by the processing, lotfeeding and live export sectors, for investment in projects that support the red meat supply chain beyond the farm gate. Non-levy R&D funding is provided by industry partners through the MLA Donor Company.
In 2018–19 MLA invested $170.3 million in a range of research, development and adoption programs. This included $94.2 million invested through MLA Donor Company (MDC).