Research & Development
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Technical support - Collagen extraction and uses in the biomedical and pharma industries
Development of an efficient means of extracting and refining Chondroitin Sulphate pharmaceutical grade (95%) and collagen II from the trachea...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Skin quality and abattoir practices
Early Research Current research & other activities The value of hides and skins to Australia has fallen significantly, from being...
An Assessment of the Likely Impacts of Greenhouse Policy on the Red Meat Processing Industry
The Australian red meat industry depends on large quantities of fossil fuel energy that leads to emissions of carbon dioxide....
CMA: Performance Plant Rating Tool
The Plant Performance Rating Tool is a critical element in allowing industry and AQIS to move to a new meat...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
An investigation of Clostridium difficile carriage on Australian bobby calf carcases
C. difficile is a ubiquitous, spore forming, Gram positive anaerobe, the leading cause of antimicrobial and health care-associated diarrhoea in...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Powdered meat concept - product trials
Background Co-products within the Australian red meat industry typically have a short ‘shelf life’ window in which stabilising for value-added...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
UAE market and supply chain review of centralized value add processing operations
Areas covered: Innovation Insights (previously Red Meat Innovation Hub) Projects A.CIS.0039, A.CIS.0043, A.CIS.0045, A.RMH.001-004 developed an Agri-food Innovation Hub for...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Teys Australia - Texas Tech International Research Internship Exchange Program (IRIEP) 2013
The objective of this project was to identify whether there are opportunities for the Australian industry to develop a cadetship...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
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
Stunning welfare and meat quality
Background It is a requirement of meat production that animals processed are handled and slaughtered in a humane manner. Therefore,...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).