Research & Development
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Maximising Lambs Weaned
Group members found that the project enabled them to evaluate their current management practices and trial changes to increase productivity....Lamb | Western Australia
Flock Rebuilding - "Pregnancy Scanning and Ewe Management"
This Producer Initiatied Research and Development project (PIRD) set out for producers to learn more about the reproductive performance of...Sheep
Evaluation of the Economic Cost-benefit of Spaying Associated with Female Turnoff Options for Northern Australia.
An evaluation of the cost benefits of spaying females in Northern Australia was undertaken to better understand why and if...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Visiting Scientist Fellowship
Dr Christine Nichol is currently Professor of Animal Welfare and head of the internationally recognised research group in Animal Behaviour...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Wannon River - Improving Consistency of Production and Yield of High Quality Meat
A series of experiments were undertaken to examine how genetics and management can be used to profitably meet market specifications...Sheep | Lamb | National
High-Input Systems for Northern Breeding Herds
The potential of northern beef producers to profitably produce 500 kg steers at 2.5 years of age in a dry...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Elemental Chromium and Conception Rates in Sheep
The overall aim was to consistently achieve optimum potential lambing percentage. In this case, to eliminate any constraints to the...Sheep | Lamb | Western Australia
Coordination of Participatory R&D for the Feedbase Investment Plan in Victoria
In 2013, MLA committed to using participatory R&D as a way of testing Feedbase Investment Plan (FIP) research, with on...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | Victoria
Participatory research evaluating and demonstrating the impact of green feed (particularly Lucerne) on conception
Agriculture Victoria in collaboration with MLA established a total of 32 commercial farm demonstrations sites in Victoria, New South Wales...Sheep | Lamb
Informing future sheep extension strategies to improve reproduction and related welfare outcomes
The key challenge for the Australia sheep industry in sheep reproduction and related welfare outcomes is to improve lamb survival...Sheep | Lamb | 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).