Research & Development
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The Distribution of Vectors of Arboviruses of Livestock in Northern Australia
Arboviruses such as bluetongue viruses, akabane and ephemeral fever cause or threaten various production losses and export trade impediments to...
The Creation of ASHEEP Flock QA
Western Australia’s Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD) status was downgraded from low to medium in 2011. This cost our region access...Sheep | Lamb
Grain Devitalisation 2
FLOT.124 aimed to address what were perceived to be three major biosecurity issues associated with imported feed grain by:Demonstrating the...Grainfed cattle | National
Farm biosecurity attitudes and practices: Factors influencing the sheep industry
These two nationally representative surveys comprise the first phase of a research project funded by MLA to investigate factors influencing...Sheep | National
RHD Boost: Import and Evaluate New Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) Strains to Strengthen Rabbit Biocontrol
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) was released in 1995 and has kept rabbit numbers low in semi-arid parts of Australia...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | National
Review of grain devitalisation methods
Did you know Australian biosecurity practices ensure that feed-grain imported from overseas does not contain foreign pests or disease?Grainfed cattle | National
Buffalo fly in vitro culture and infections with Wolbachia
In 2010 the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) embarked on an ambitious multi-faceted extension project aimed at distilling the...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Investigating bluetongue virus persistance in sheep
Early in 2003 a paper by Takematsu et al. (2003) describing BTV persistence in sheep was published in the Journal...
CMA: Animal Health, Welfare & Biosecurity 2020
This project was set up as a Company-Managed Activity (CMA) to cover incidental expenses for the Animal Health, Welfare and...Sheep | Goat | Grain-fed Cattle | Grass-fed Cattle | Lamb | National
A Multi-dose Ejector for Control of Predator Pests
Predator pest species pose a serious threat to Australian agriculture and its biodiversity. Control of these species in remote and...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed 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).