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National Data Recording System for the Live Sheep Export Industry
This is the third report in a series that provides summary information on the export of livestock from Australia to...
Shipboard mortality and morbidity study –Phase 2
The live cattle trade from Australia to the Middle East has expanded rapidly since 1995 and this has helped to...
Investigation of cattle deaths during sea transport from Australia
The live cattle trade from Australia to the Middle East has expanded rapidly since 1995. Although death rates have been...
Investigation of Cattle Deaths and Illness during Sea Transport from Australia Voyage 4
The present study was the fourth in a series of voyages investigating the causes of cattle deaths, with the overall...
Investigation of the Ventilation Efficacy on Livestock Vessels
The live cattle and sheep trade from Australia to the Middle East and North Africa has expanded rapidly since 1995....
Quality assurance for live goats exports to Saudi Arabia
There is a small but significant market opportunity for live goat exports to Saudi Arabia. However, it is important that...
Salmonellosis control and best-practice in live sheep export feedlots – final report
Current practice relating to live sheep export feedlotting Live sheep export feedlotting is an important part of live sheep export....
Practical Ventilation Measures for Livestock Vessels
The following “dot points” summarise and form an index to the concepts explained in the report. While this report is...
Evaluation and cost/benefit analysis of Rhinogard® vaccine in preventing Bovine Respiratory Disease in export cattle
This review provides a brief overview of: bovine respiratory disease (BRD), including causes of this condition and the impact of...
The Best Practice
Management of Pregnant Dairy Cattle on Long Haul Voyages
There was no chapter in the LEAP Standards on the export of pregnant dairy cattle, and a chapter specifically devoted...
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).