Research & Development
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Some research funded uunder the MQST program found benefits of low-frequency waveforms on the tenderisation of sheep meat. It was...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Heat inactivation of Mptb in lamb meat
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, which causes Johne’s disease in livestock, can bepresent in red meat from infected animals. Because of...Lamb | National
The potential of using very fast chilling systems for processing [PSHIP.150.11E]
Very fast chilling (VFC) is defined in the literature as reducing meat temperature to 0C within 5 hours of slaughter....Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Modular and wireless control system for SmartStim technology
Background Improving the consistency of eating quality of Australian beef and lamb is one of MLA's strategic objectives. A significant...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Waterless cleaning of meat processing facilities
The Australian red meat processing industry is a significant consumer of water. Water is primarily used to ensure food safety...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Validation of low volume enrichment for rapid E. coli O157 screening tests
Testing of beef destined for use in ground beef products for the presence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 has become an...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Sociotechnical design of meat packing room
In 2003/04, Harvey Beef, then owned by E.G. Green reviewed the design of their packoff room with a view to...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Assessing the potential value of Boa Technology to Australian Red Meat Industry
Background As part of the MLA/MWNZ joint eating quality program, several R&D prototypes were trialled so as to stretch primals...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Bladestop Stage 2
Background Band saws are a major contributor to serious injuries (including amputations) in the meat and wood industries. Slight lapses...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
BMC Auto Sheep Evisceration study
Background Evisceration, or removal of carcase organs and alimentary canal, is one of the stages in lamb dressing. Along with...Sheep | 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).