Research & Development
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Goat PDS funding
In 2013/14 funds were set aside for the development of goat focused Producer Demonstration Sites (PDS) which would allow for...Goat
Funding for goat industry events: meeting expenses, sponsorship, strategic planning
Multiple projects since 2008 have been established to cover expenses in relation to a variety of goat specific events across...Goat
A literature review of the roles of vitamin E in sheep reproduction.
Improving lamb, weaner and ewe survival are a high priority for the sheep industry. Several projects submitted to the National...Sheep | National
Improving the reproductive efficiency of ewe lambs (lambing at 12-15 months)
This PDS demonstrated mating merino and crossbred ewes at 7 to 10 months was an effective way of lifting lamb...Sheep | National
BCRC 3 - Early predictors of lifetime female reproductive performance
Low weaning rates are common in beef herds in northern Australia. A large breeding project was established to quantify the...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
BCRC 3 - Gene Discovery for Post Partum Reconception and Age of Puberty in the Australian Beef population
The aim of this project was to develop DNA-based tools to help the northern Australian beef industry achieve reduced age...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
On-property benefits of Precision Livestock Management (PLM) technologies and applications.
The Livestock Production Innovation unit (LPI) of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) had a mandate to increase the profitability and...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Reproduction Traits of Tropical Composite Bulls through Genome-Wide Association
Reproductive traits are important targets for genetic improvements programs, especially in Australia's northern beef industry. Genomic selection for reproduction or...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Industry initiatives to improve young breeder performance in the Northern Territory
This project was undertaken to assess and improve heifer performance in the Northern Territory (NT) cattle industry. This was done...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | Northern Territory
Barbervax commercial vaccine for Haemonchus contortus, the Barber’s pole worm
Quality systems were devised for making Barbervax® to the Good Manufacturing Practice standard required by the regulators, the Australian Pesticide...Sheep | Eastern Australia
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).