Research & Development
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Developing a livestock export market outlook service
The key industry drivers in each market were identified and a process for forecasting changes in these drivers was developed....Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Electrolyte supplementation of export cattle and further investigations in the heat stress threshold of sheep and dairy cattle
This project involved three separate but linked experiments into the physiology of livestock heat stress. Experiments further investigated the supplementation...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | International
Evaluation of Diagnostic Assays for Chlamydophila abortus in Australian Export Sheep
The study tested a panel of 1,562 Australian sheep sera and found that the percentage of samples testing positive in...Sheep | International
Determining the feasibility of developing an ovine salmonella vaccine.
This project was initiated to assess the economic feasibility of developing a Salmonella vaccine for use in Australian sheep, incorporating...Goat | National
Quantitative assessment of cattle behaviours on board live stock ships
This report details the results of a study investigating the behaviour of cattle during a commercial liveshipment from Australia to...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Live Export R&D project support costs
These projects are used for costs associated with R&D project start up, as well as monitoring meetings and interviews with...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Best Practice Design of Crates for Livestock Export by Air
To achieve the objectives two mechanisms were developed: A document detailing best practice in the design of stock crates for...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Assessing the welfare and feeding behaviour of horned and polled sheep and cattle during live export
This project used both retrospective viewing and analysis of video recordings and real-time observation by on-board veterinarians or stockmen, made...Sheep | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | International
SE Asian Feedlot Manual
The aim of this project was the development of an Animal Health Management Module which was then integrated and published...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Live export program evaluation
This project was to cover costs incurred by the MLA Evaluation manager in producing the evaluation report for the Live...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).