Research & Development
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A review of black organs (acquired visceral melanosis) in livestock
Acquired Visceral Melanosis (AVM, black liver) is a naturally occurring black pigmentation of the liver, often with concurrent lung and...Sheep | Lamb
Alternative Options to Power Captive Bolts Devices for Cattle
Gunpowder-powered captive bolts for humane slaughter may be problematic in some countries where gun laws limit access to gunpowder charges....Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Meeting post weaning market specifications for the live cattle export trade to South East Asia
The results of the project showed that in comparison to Brahman steers, when slaughtered at the same fatness, 1/4 Charolais...
Investigating procedures to improve the efficiency of overseas Halal slaughter of Australian cattle and sheep
MLA and LiveCorp promote improvements in slaughter efficiency in countries importing Australian cattle and sheep. This project was to contribute...
Developing industry risk management tools
The funds allocated to this project provided a workshop to AQIS on the risk management model as well as the...
Livestock Export Traceability System Egypt
This project assisted the with development of a centralised database and procedures for data input that provides a complete trace...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Assessing a method of incorporating jetting in the HS model and its comm ercial implications
This study uses a first principles approach based on heat transfer analysis to understand the effect that the jetting of...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Training Gap Analysis
In order to ensure clarity within the Standards as well as provide a basis for new training development, a training...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Design a Mark 3 cattle restraining box meeting Middle East standards
Features built into the design of this restraining box include: Cattle can be restrained for traditional slaughter or stunned prior to...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | International
R&D project start up and monitoring
This CMA is used for costs associated project start up and monitoring meetings, interviews with potential researchers on an as...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).