Research & Development
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Snacking Project – Organic Beef Jerky
This project comprising of development of organic beef jerky forms part of an overarching Co-Innovation Program between MLA and Arcadian...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Proof of Concept - Cold Smoked red meat (Smoke T – Lamb Bacon Co)
For hundreds of years people all over the world have used smoking techniques as a way of preserving or adding...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Background Functional foods include a wide variety of foods and food components that are believed to improve overall health and...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Blood Processing Capability Analysis
Background Blood represents a sizable and underutilized co-product of red meat processing. There are, for example, 18 litres of blood...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Determine Feasibility and Develop Process Protocol for Cold Set Binding Using Smart Shape Technology
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
Mince cooling by liquid nitrogen - Phase 1 feasibility
The current project was a case study pilot review of current nitrogen gas usage in plant chilling operations for the...Sheep | Goat | Grain-fed Cattle | Grass-fed Cattle | Lamb | National
ISC migration to AWS
Integrity Systems Company (ISC) have embarked on a journey to migrate Meat and Livestock Australia's workloads into Amazon Web Services...Sheep | Goat | Grain-fed Cattle | Grass-fed Cattle | Lamb | National
Organic freeze dry lamb liver pet treat
The pet treat market in Australian is worth AUD$180 - 200 million. With pet owners buying three times as many...Lamb | National
New meat products testing Shopper 360 case study
This project builds on a current MLA marketing project with Lumaten (D.CSI.2020) to utilise a virtual supermarket platform to build,...Grass-fed Cattle | Lamb | National
Evaluation and Development of High Moisture Extruded Red Meat Trim Products (Stage 2)
Background An emerging technology for the transformation of low value trim into textured meat product has been evaluated for its...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | 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).