Current tenders

MLA is seeking applications from individuals, organisations or project teams with the expertise required to undertake one or more of the following projects:


Goat levy, industry and producer performance indicators

Applications close Monday 13 August 2018

To gauge the effectiveness of investment of goat levy dollars in the industry, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Goat Industry Council of Australian (GICA) are seeking expressions of interest from individuals, organisations or project teams with the capability to instigate a system of transparent and robust indicators. The program will assist in determining the return on levy investment and the development and performance of the industry as a whole over time.

Background
The targets within the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP) 2020 relevant to the goat industry include:

  • Engage at least 2000 producers (across species) in programs that will build knowledge and skills to improve business performance by 5% or more
  • Improvement in total factor productivity of 0.5% for goat

Terms of Reference

Further Information
If you have questions regarding this project contact: Julie Petty, Project Manager Goat Industry on 0411 680 516 or email Julie.

Project Proposal Submissions
Proposals must be lodged electronically as Word document here. Proposals must be received by close of business Monday 13 August 2018.


Dough from Doe$

Applications close Monday 13 August 2018

MLA and the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) are seeking to fund a literature review and several producer case studies on the topic of advanced breeding systems for the purposes of increased output from breeding goat herds, does particularly.

There are significant gains to be made through improved reproductive performance and management of the breeding doe. This project is envisaged to be phase one in addressing this issue, with phases two and three to follow looking at new research/trials if required and development of an extension package for producers.

Background

There is significant interest within the goat meat industry in better understanding how much pressure can be applied to a breeding doe. This is in reference to factors such as the most appropriate time to join maidens and frequency of kidding. Producers want guidelines on best recommended practices to improve lifetime productivity of the doe.

The project will examine optimum breeding systems to improve lifetime productivity of the doe including comparisons between breeding systems with a single kidding annually vs more than one kidding every 12 months.

Terms of Reference

Further Information
If you have questions regarding this project contact: Julie Petty, Project Manager Goat Industry on 0411 680 516 or email Julie.

Project Proposal Submissions
Proposals must be lodged electronically as Word document here. Proposals must be received by close of business Monday 13 August 2018.


Reducing kid loss phase 1 – Select and protect

Applications close Monday 13 August 2018

MLA and the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) are seeking to fund phase one of a program to assist in understanding and addressing the issue of kid loss. Producer engagement and consultation are key to the success of this project as is developing data on the prevalence and causes of kid loss.

The extent and significance of kid mortality in the goat industry is still largely unknown. While there is documentation available to indicate neonatal losses may be as high as 30-40% in some instances, other reports and surveys suggest that kid loss and reproductive performance overall are not key profit drivers or perceived to be an issue of importance, at least at the time they were written. This is inconsistent with work in both the beef and sheep meat industries where all economic modelling and key performance indicators would suggest that progeny loss/survival is a major driver of profitability. For a summary of past goat work, please see Appendix 1.

Generally, it is felt that significant gains in the area of reproductive performance can be achieved by ensuring breeding animals that conceive don’t fail to produce a weaner. Reproductive wastage is assumed to be a multifactorial problem and through this project it may become apparent that nutrition and husbandry are more important contributors to losses during pregnancy and between birth and kid marking, than infectious diseases or genetics.

Background

There are a number of factors within the goat industry which complicate industry’s understanding and view of the issue of kid loss including:

  • the prevalence of harvesting operations where the reproductive performance of the herd is secondary to the efficiency of capture
  • the extensive nature of rangeland breeding operations
  • the intensive nature of small stud operations where non-viable kids are commonly saved
  • a lack of hard data regarding the extent of the problem.

However, because MLA is currently funding similar projects in the sheep area, there is an excellent opportunity to undertake work in the southern goat producing areas where kid and lamb loss research could be conducted in parallel.

Terms of Reference

Further Information
If you have questions regarding this project contact: Julie Petty, Project Manager Goat Industry on 0411 680 516 or email Julie.

Project Proposal Submissions
Proposals must be lodged electronically as Word document here. Proposals must be received by close of business Monday 13 August 2018.


Producer Innovation Fast Track Impact Assessment

Applications close Monday 23 July 2018

MLA Donor Company (MDC) accelerates the progress of the red meat industry for today and tomorrow extending MLA’s strategic imperatives into future–focused transformation impact areas by accelerating capacity and adoption of innovation. Producer Innovation Fast-Track, an initiative of the
MDC, recognises industry prosperity requires new ways of thinking and approaches to challenges.

Producer Innovation Fast Track acknowledges the importance of adoption and producer-led innovation to industry by partnering with red meat producers to accelerate innovation capability while addressing issues limiting business growth. The program is designed to enable MDC to:

  • refine and provide relevant, fit for purpose support to producers
  • deeply understand producer problems and priorities, and
  • build industry capability for innovation and adoption

Terms of reference

Further information

For further information on the project, please contact Renelle Jeffrey, Manager – Producer Innovation Partnerships on 0414 255 058 or email here.

Project proposal submissions

Proposals should be submitted electronically by COB 23 July 2018 to Renelle Jeffrey.

 

 

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