This project was initiated to enable the comprehensive planning and industry consultation required to develop a full research application to be submitted to MLA early in 2007. A comprehensive assessment of the logistics of conducting this very large project was made. A list of potential co-operating veterinarians was established and a number of crush-side data capture systems assessed and quotes for their implementation in the planned research received. Critical feedback from a range of industry stakeholders and collaborating researchers was collated and incorporated into the final research application. The net benefit for industry was submission of an accurately costed comprehensively planned research project application.