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:

Review of the NLIS device accreditation process

Before being eligible to be used as official identifiers for the purposes of Australia’s national livestock identification and traceability system – the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) – cattle, sheep and goat identification devices, typically ear tags, are required to be NLIS accredited.

The conduct of the NLIS device accreditation process is underpinned by three documents:

  1. NLIS Standard for Radio Frequency Identification Devices
  2. NLIS Sheep and Goat Standard for visual tags
  3. NLIS Field Trial Protocol

The process is managed by the Integrity Systems Company (ISC) and has been operational for around 10 years.  The process has provided the foundation for an objective assessment of the field performance of devices applying for NLIS accreditation, with devices assessed for retention, readability and structural integrity. Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and animal welfare considerations are also addressed. A company applying for NLIS accreditation must satisfy requirements for the production and supply of the devices, and comply with monitoring, reporting and audit requirements.

ISC is seeking proposals from interested consultants to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the current NLIS device accreditation system, to assess whether it can be improved within the scope of the terms of reference, which are detailed below.

Terms of reference

A proposal addressing the requirements should be lodged electronically to Mick Prendergast, NLIS Operations Manager, Integrity Systems Company by 5pm Friday 15 December 2017. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

For further information please contact:

Mick Prendergast
T: (07) 3620 5219

National Livestock Genetics Consortium - Prime Lamb Producer

The National Livestock Genetics Consortium (NLGC) provides direction and support to increase collaboration, transparency, communication and investment in livestock genetics research, development and adoption (RD&A) in Australia through an advisory capacity.  

One of the key factors in delivering on the objectives of the NLGC is producer engagement and consultation. To ensure relevant and practical research outcomes, there needs to be ongoing representation in the Livestock Genetics R&D sector. The NLGC Taskforce are seeking to find an individual to represent the Prime Lamb industry, who has extensive genetics and breeding experience. As well as having the skills to ensure investments through the NLGC will deliver greater impact for livestock producers and the red meat value chain. 

Terms of Reference

The NLGC is currently seeking an individual with the following essential experience and skills:

  • Current or preceding Australian Prime Lamb Producer
  • knowledge and understanding of livestock genetics and breeding
  • a proven track record in delivering high rates of genetic progress
  • extensive experience in utilising genetic and genomic tools in a prime lamb enterprise

Applicants with the following knowledge and understanding will be preferred.

  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent industry experience in livestock production and/or genetics
  • involvement in strategic thinking and planning
  • background in the red meat sector.
  • experience reviewing and assessing project applications.

Proposals must be received by 5pm Friday 22 December 2017.

For further information on the role of taskforce members please contact:

Hamish Chandler
Genetics Program Manager
Meat and Livestock Australia
T: 02 8055 1815

Beef and Lamb offal survey for improving market access

Edible offal contributes about 7% of the total revenue available from the all products derived from cattle and sheep slaughtered for human consumption. All meat processors recover offal items for human consumption but the range of offal recovered and recovery rates for offal items vary between establishments. In recent times offals have been a focus for several export markets especially to countries such as China and Vietnam, mainly for tripe. In 2016 China’s AQSIQ conducted a review of Australia’s production system for tripe and other offal. AQSIQ advised that Australia had a well-managed system for offal production but noted that there was no mandatory requirement for microbiological monitoring in offal.

For Australia to maintain or open new market access opportunities the hygienic quality of offals, as usually supplied to these markets, needs to be documented. Information on hygienic quality could be sufficient for accessing the market, avoiding the need for lot by lot testing, or setting manageable criteria for future testing and trade.

The key objectives of the project are to estimate the prevalence and quantitative levels of indicator organisms in offals and the prevalence of pathogens of concern to key markets.

Terms of reference

Proposal form

Proposals must be lodged electronically to:

Proposals must be received by 5pm Friday 22 December 2017. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

For further information please contact:

Long Huynh
Project Manager - Meat Access Science & Technology
T: +61 (2) 9463 9164

National Goat Roadshow

MLA has produced a range of new resources and tools to assist goat producers in improving their profitability and productivity. There is a need to both raise awareness within the industry of these new resources to increase usage and to recruit producers into Category B* and C* extension programs for long term business gains.

The contractor will plan and execute a series of events around major goat production areas in 17/18 and 18/19 targeting both existing and potential commercial goat producers. These events are multipurpose. They will be:

  • Designed as feeder** (recruitment) activities for the MLA EDGE and Profitable Grazing Systems (PGS) programs with clear attendance and enrolment targets for each event
  • awareness raising for new resources and the goat industry more generally
  • improved understanding between farmed and rangeland producers as to the needs and operation styles of each

Terms of reference

Proposals must be lodged electronically as a word document to:

Proposals must be received by 5pm Thursday 11 January 2018. Late applications will NOT be accepted. A page limit of 6 will be strictly enforced.

For further information please contact:

Julie Petty
Project Manager – Goat Industry
Meat & Livestock Australia
T: 0411 680 516

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