Research & Development
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Manipulating processing conditions to enhance lamb meat colour stability
An experiment was conducted using 280 lambs from 3 kills of the Katanning Resource Flock. Preliminary analyses suggest that bloom...Lamb | National
Quantifying the costs associated with grass seed damage to lamb carcases.
The cost of the grass seed damage to processors has knock-on costs throughout the business. Consequently, it can be complex...Lamb | National
Establishing the risk of Toxoplasmosis associated with the consumption of meat and meat products
Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most common parasitic infections of human and other warm- blooded animals. One infection route...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Antimicrobial resistant bacteria in beef production in Australia
Australia is one of the world’s most efficient producers of cattle and third largest exporter of beef, exporting 67% of...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
V.LDL.1602 - Livestock Data Link trials & implementation
Livestock Data Link (LDL) aims to enhance the exchange and utilisation of information by businesses within the red meat industry...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Food safety innovation transfer
This project continues to allow the MLA food safety research and development program to communicate the results of the program...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Livestock Production Assurance Hotline support
MLA provides funding for the LPA hotline to answer producer enquires about the LPA program, NVDs and eDEC system via...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Post mortem procedures
The purpose of this project is to support the risk based post mortem inspection program. The program started in 2009...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
NLIS support projects
A number of other projects were completed by NLIS Ltd to measure and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Technical advisor to the food safety program
The purpose of technical advisors was to provide technical support for individual projects, to assist the MLA food safety program...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
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).