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
Secure web delivery of research data: (1) proof of concept and (2) delivery
The Sustainable Grazing Systems (SGS) Key Program ran from 1997 to 2002. One of the important outcomes of that Program...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | National
Northern beef industry remote management technologies: practices, research and potential
The remote management technologies project has thoroughly investigated the range of remote management technologies currently being used and researched, both...
Livestock Data Link Solutions to Feedback library developed
There is a wide range of data collected within the supply chains of the Australian red meat industry, but this...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
RPGOT Maintenance Contract
This is a continuation of B.COM.0288. The Bureau of Rural Science (BRS) has been maintaining the MLA Spatial Toolset site...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Market needs analysis for the multi-enterprise cost of production tool for livestock producers
The MCoP tool was developed by MLA in response to industry demand for a simple tool to enable the calculation...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
3D Modelling Trial
Background An critical challenge to successfully fully automating processing tasks has been the variability between animals. This has required highly...Sheep | Goat | 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).