Research & Development
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Innovative Management of Silverleaf Nightshade and Prairie Ground Cherry
Silverleaf nightshade (SLN) and prairie ground cherry (PGC) are typical examples of intractable, deep-rooted, summer perennial weeds which significantly impact...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Delivery of best weed management practices for meat sheep producers
Weeds are a major impediment to the production of quality sheep meat through their effects on the quality and quantity...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Scoping a management program for Fireweed.
Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) occurs throughout the beef-producing areas of coastal NSW. Because it contains chemical compounds collectively known as Pyrrolizidine...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | Eastern Australia
Ecology, Spread & Impact of Lippia
Lippia (Phyla canescens: Verbenaceae) is a serious weed of wetlands, riparian zones and floodplains, particularly in eastern Australia where many...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Integrated Management Strategies for the Control of Serrated Tussock in Inaccessible Native Pastures
Background Control of serrated tussock in native pastures is difficult as they are often located on steep and/or rocky ground...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Managing old plant evaluation sites: containment and progressive eradication
During the fourth phase of a fifteen-year program across 69 locations in Queensland, four perennial legumes (Acaciella angustissima syn. Acacia...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Assessment of new biocontrol agents of Parkinsonia
MLA contracted CSIRO, from 2010 to 2013, to assess biological control agents of parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeata) to determine if they...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Prioritisation of species for biocontrol
Research has been conducted at Wambiana in the Burdekin catchment in Queensland since 1997 under MLA projects NBP.0318 and B.NBP.0379...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Weeds R&D Investment Analysis
This study reviews previous investments in weed RD&E and uses the resulting data to complete a series of ex ante...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Developing whole farm Integrated Management programs for Unpalatable grasses
This project was initiated to better understand the true cost of managing unpalatable grasses such as CNG and ST. Previous...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).