The purpose of this plan was to outline a five year strategy for Meat & Livestock Australia's (MLA's) research, development and extension (RD&E) for the beef cattle feedlot sector for the period 2011-2016. This Feedlot Program strategic plan is aligned with the Australian Government's National and Rural Research and Development Priorities as well as key industry plans such as the Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2010-2015 (MISP) and the National Beef Production RD&E Strategy 2010. In developing the plan, consultation has been undertaken with industry, industry service providers, the Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies, State Government entities, CSIRO and universities.
The overall framework, process and key elements of strategic planning for MLA investment in livestock production RD&E are outlined in the MLA Strategic Plan 2010-2015. This strategic plan for the feedlot sector supports this overall plan and also addresses the RD&E priorities outlined in the Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) Strategic Plan 2010-2015.