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Participate in MLA research

There are many opportunities for producers to participate in MLA research, development and adoption projects currently underway.

Read on to see how you can get involved.

Project seeking participants

Are you interested in helping MLA create tangible research outcomes for the red meat industry? Here are some projects currently seeking participants from across the supply chain.

Increasing adoption of phosphorus supplementation in northern Australia

WA DPRID is seeking expressions of interest from producers in the Kimberley and Pilbara to participate in a new project, ‘Increasing adoption of phosphorus supplementation in northern Australia’ .

This is a unique opportunity for producers to learn more about phosphorus (P) supplementation to lift herd productivity, with each participating business getting a custom supplementation plan tailored to their production system.   

The project will involve:

  • Testing soil and cattle P levels, to establish the presence and extent of P deficiency on the property.
  • Working with a nutritional consultant to discuss current nutrition practices, business operations and opportunities for improvement.
  • The development of a customised supplementation plan for each participating property.
  • Additionally, producers may wish to be involved in a demonstration site as they implement and test the strategies in their supplementation plan. This would be supported by DPIRD extension staff who will complete data collection and analysis to provide feedback on the management changes and production outcomes within the business.

The project will commence in 2023.

Contact: Annie Bone:

Have your say

Many projects MLA leads, supports or contributes to rely on survey results to help researchers better understand the issues facing Australian red meat producers. Below is a list of surveys calling for producers and/or industry stakeholders to have their say.

Project: 100 Farmers – contribute to vital research dedicated to enhancing the lives of producers nationwide

Through research, resources and community support, Farmers Health aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of producers and create a sustainable future for agriculture.

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to vital research and be part of a transformative movement in agriculture. Your voice matters, and Farmers Health wants to hear it!

Program details: Initial interviews will take place across July and August 2023, and you will have the option of speaking to Farmers Health over the phone or via video call. There may be an option for a face-to-face session depending on the location of participants.

To learn more or take part visit and fill in your details.

More information:

Farmers Health
Eric Pearcy
Telephone: 0459 354 403

Animal husbandry practices on-farm – what pain relief and wound healing products do you use?

The University of Sydney in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia are seeking the help of beef producers to gather information regarding animal husbandry practices on-farm.  This study aims to collect baseline data on pain relief and wound healing products currently used during husbandry procedures in beef cattle enterprises, and the limitations and constraints surrounding the use of available products in beef cattle. The study is being carried out at the University of Sydney by PhD student, Miss Samantha Rudd and MPhil student, Miss Shannon Chatfield, under the supervision of Associate Professor Peter White. The study will examine farm management factors to determine their relevance and impact on pain relief utilisation.

An anonymous online survey has been developed to collect this information. The information from this survey will be used to help direct future research to provide producers with best practice guidelines.

Read the information sheet and complete this survey below.


For further information feel free to contact the researchers at the university:

Associate Professor Peter White
Telephone: 02 93515822

Australian Feedbase Monitor survey – how can we improve the tool?

In November 2022, MLA and Cibo Labs launched a world-first grazing management tool – the Australian Feedbase Monitor (AFM). Since the tool’s launch, more than 1,550 user accounts have been created.

We want to know what your experience has been with accessing and using the AFM, as well as what improvements you would like to see in 2023.

Please help us make this tool the best it can be by completing this short survey.


Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available for producers interested in participating in initiatives and events that accelerate the adoption of R&D outputs and promote sustainability and competitiveness in the on-farm sector. These opportunities can enable producers to:

  • participate in commercial feedlot research
  • take part in the Northern Breeding Business (NB2) program
  • undertake a Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) project
  • host an industry event.

To find out more about the funding opportunities available for producers, click the button below.