Research & Development
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Weed investment planning workshops, and shaping investment areas
Funds were provided for planning workshops associated with the development of the weeds R&D investment framework for the feedbase investment...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Review - New approaches to weed management –with plants and animals
A review of literature, reports and discussion with key informants was undertaken to look for evidence and opportunity for new...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Innovative breeding of high-digestibility kikuyu cultivators to increase milk production
Kikuyu grass is a highly productive forage species with only intennediate digestibility. It is probably the second most important grass...
Biological Control of Mesquite
Mesquites, 'Prosopis spp.' are prickly trees that seriously affect rangelands in northern Australia and are declared noxious throughout mainland Australia....
Mapping Net Feed Efficiency Genes
In beef cattle production systems, the feed requirement of the breeding herd is a large proportion (around 50%) of the...
Managing Old (discontinued) Plant Evaluation Sites (MOPES)
Over one hundred discontinued plant evaluation sites throughout Queensland were thoroughly monitored with the information converted to database. Four priority...
More accurate laboratory tests for assessing silage quality
Farmers and their advisers need accurate estimates of silage quality to formulate balanced diets for cows, and as a management...
Sustainable Grazing in the Channel Country
The project "Sustainable Grazing in the Channel Country Floodplains" was initiated by the cattle industry to document the current knowledge...
Objective measurement of fodder quality
The objectives of this project were: To measure and compare the ranking of in vivo digestibility, total intake, preference and...
Biological Control of Paterson’s curse
This management package provides current technical information on the biology, rearing and recommended release protocols for biological control agents of...
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).