Research & Development
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Abatement of nitrogen-based greenhouse gas emissions from beef feedlots
One of the major issues facing the Australian feedlot industry into the future is the issue of rations supplying N...Grainfed cattle | National
Development of odour emissions model for Australian feedlots
Odour emissions from feedlots remain a contentious issue and, consequently, have been the subject of significant research. Despite this research,...Grassfed cattle | National
Impact of increased climate variability on Australian feedlots
This project was undertaken to investigate the effects of possible future climate scenarios for each of the five major feedlot...Grassfed cattle | National
Review of diagnostic technologies for monitoring feedlot animal health
The Australian feedlot industry has a production value of approximately AUD $2.7 billion annually, and employs approximately 2000 individuals directly...Grainfed cattle | National
Pilot feedlot technology extension model
While Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) have traditionally enjoyed a high level of...Grainfed cattle | National
B.FLT.0159 - Additional Feed Costs Angus BIN Cattle
This project was established to cover the additional cost of feed for the Angus BIN cattle that were assessed for...Grainfed cattle
Grain Devitalisation 2
FLOT.124 aimed to address what were perceived to be three major biosecurity issues associated with imported feed grain by:Demonstrating the...Grainfed cattle | National
The cattle lot feeding industry introduced a quality management program in 1994 to address the ever-increasing need to ensure that...Grainfed cattle | National
Assessing value chain improvements in processes, practices and technologies using optimised data capture and analytics (Phase 1 pilot)
Hitachi Consulting (HCC) in partnership with the Australian Country Choice/Australian Cattle and Beef Holdings (ACC/ACBH) developed a digital transformation pilot...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Prototype feed truck auto-delivery system
Background Commercial feedlot operations deliver feed to pen bunks daily, usually across two deliveries, and this process can often present...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).