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Weather stations for feedlots
This Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) aimed at producing more beef from pastures in the Granite Borders area. Firstly it investigated...Grainfed cattle | National
Bedding material use in cattle feedlots
There has been increasing interest over the past several years in the use of bedding materials in Australian cattle feedlots....Grainfed cattle | National
Feedlot environment training workshops - NSW and SA
An earlier project, B.FLT.0469 ‘Feedlot environment education training module’, developed a training, education and advisory module to aid feedlot operators...Grainfed cattle
Feedlot environment training workshops - QLD
The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) negotiated with the Queensland Government for the industry’s quality assurance program, the National Feedlot...Grainfed cattle | Queensland
A survey of antibacterial product use in the Australian cattle industry
The aim of this project was to estimate the volume and indications for use of antimicrobial agents used in beef...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Animal health survey of Australian feedlot sector 2010
This report presents findings from a survey conducted in 2011 of a randomly selected set of Australian feedlots. A total...Grainfed cattle | National
Input Requirements for Cattle Feedlot Industry Volume 2: Base Book
The Meat Research Corporation has commissioned a study into input requirements of the cattle feedlot industry. The research results are...
A new bovine disease, microangiopathy, related to low antioxidant levels in feedlot rations. Continued investigations into the pathogenesis
To investigate an unexplained condition of leg swelling of feedlot cattle which although not fatal can cause significant economic loss...
A Feedlot Sire Evaluation Scheme to improve the commercial competitiveness of Australian Grain Fed Beef
The international competitive nature of the food industry, in which beef is just one of the many food products c...
Management of nuisance fly populations on cattle feedlots
The feedlot industry has applied a significant amount of effort to improved manure management practices over the past decade as...
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).