Research & Development
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Livestock Data Link trials & implementation
Livestock Data Link (LDL) aims to enhance the exchange and utilisation of information by businesses within the red meat industry...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Development of protocols for the preparation and validation of Grassgro parameter files
In order to broaden the applicability of the GrassGro decision support tool across Australia's livestock industries, there was a need...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | National
Pasture Feed Intake Measurement Technology Investment Evaluation Workshop
A CSIRO and NSW DPI project funding application is currently being considered for investment. The project will develop technology which...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Animal health & disease feedback system
Livestock Data Link (LDL) is an initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) that aims to enhance the exchange and...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | National
Return on investment for implementing electronic identification tags in a commercial sheep flock – WA
To effectively sustain the sheep industry, it is important to equip producers with tools to improve performance through increased production...Sheep | Western Australia
Evolution of Standalone Lamb Chine Machine to develop dual purpose lamb/mutton chine/flap machine.
Scott Automation and Robotics (Scott) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) have recently developed a range of lower throughput, standalone,...Lamb | National
Feasibility and pre-production development of integrated data capture/management and product handling in beef processing (Phase 1)
The automation of the load out area at KPC has seen a streamlined approach to the back end of the...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Automated 3D non-uniform volumetric primal box packing for Beef – Proof of concept and Prototype build
Observations have shown the beef box packing process is very labour intensive as a result the packing rooms are often...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Australian Red Meat Digital Value Chain Strategy
The red meat industry is generating large amounts of data which could provide valuable insights into meat production, farm strategy...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Your opportunity to improve pasture management decisions
The Biomass Business II (BB2) project evaluated the potential for active optical sensors (AOS) to provide reliable estimates of pasture...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | South-eastern Australia
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).