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Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

MLA’s purpose is to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry.

We do this by:

  • Delivering research and development that contributes to producer profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness
  • Growing demand for red meat in Australia and overseas

MLA is a public company limited by guarantee.

MLA is the declared industry marketing body and the industry research body under sections 60(1) and 60(2) of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997. Funding comes from transaction levies paid on livestock sales, the Australian government and voluntary contributions from industry partners.

MLA is a service provider to the red meat industry, not an industry representative body or lobby group.

Featured organisation

Investing for impact for Australia’s red meat sector

Sophisticated supply chains and increased collaboration, bolstered by the launch of growAG., is helping drive ag innovation and investments for Meat & Livestock Australia. MLA Managing Director, Jason Strong shares his goals to beef up the livestock industry and why blue sky technologies and value-adding are key.

Commercial opportunity

Intuitive farm safety device, SoleMate steps up for Aussie farmers

Nakatomi and Meat & Livestock Australia have developed a shoe insole medical IoT device with automated remote emergency alerts. Now they’re seeking commercial investors and manufacturers for development and distribution, with high value for healthcare and various WH&S applications. 

  • Led by
    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
  • In collaboration with
    Nakatomi
Safety

MLA funded BladeStop: a safety success story

MLA funded BladeStop technology is now bringing huge safety benefits for workers in processing plants across 25 countries. 

  • BladeStop band saw safety system has reached a milestone of 1,000 units installed in processor plants across the world.
  • Developed by Machinery Automation and Robotics (now a part of Scott Technology) with funding from the MLA Donor Company, the technology reduces the risk of serious injury for workers by mechanically stopping the blade when the unit senses that the operator has come into contact.
  • Led by
    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
Sheep

Numnuts gears up for investors to accelerate commercialisation

A Scottish agritech startup is set to transform one of the world’s most common sheep husbandry practices. To potential investors, it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often.

 

The challenge was how to create a tool that farmers themselves could safely use to deliver the dose to where it was needed, at the same time the ring was applied, and in a single procedure. Solving that would help solve one of the greatest challenges in modern sheep husbandry.

Livestock

Livestock counting solution ready for next phase of development

MLA, LiveCorp and University of Technology Sydney researchers are seeking interested partners to further develop and commercialise automated livestock counting video technology for live export yards and vessels, saleyards and farms.

  • Led by
    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
  • In collaboration with
    LiveCorp and University of Technology Sydney

Commercial opportunities

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Multiple industries

Novel semi-permeable gas membrane

Opportunity for

  • Organisations, partners or investors, interested in developing or improving current solutions for air, water, fluid and gas monitoring or diagnostic solutions. Applications could include animal, environmental, food or mining uses.
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking investment, Licensing, Research partner, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Multiple industries

SoleMate - A shoe insole medical IoT device with automated remote emergency alerts

Opportunity for

  • Investors interested in further development and commercialisation of this device
  • Investors interested in commercial partnerships surrounding exclusive use of the device
  • Medical device manufacturers interested in partnering for mass production of the device
  • Researchers interested in capturing health and activity data through the device
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking investment, Joint venture, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).

Research projects

Other research projects
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Multiple industries

Trakka - Making Data Flow

Joint project with the Food Agility CRC. ISC/MLA is contributing 1/3 of the funding. This project exists to drive a …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    30 Mar 2021

  • Research organisation

    Food Agility CRC Limited

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Sheep & lamb

Identifying interventions to increase value-added lamb products for QSR

Lamb is generally not a mainstay item on most QSR (quick service restaurant) restaurant menus. This project will look at …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    28 Dec 2020

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Multiple industries

Thrive Corporate Roundtable – Food trend

MLA will pilot with Thrive to test and learn how multinationals from adjacent sectors respond to several key mega trends …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    28 Dec 2020

  • Research organisation

    SVG Partners LLC

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Beef cattle

Rapiscan RRT-110 system upgrade accuracy validation

Rapiscan have successfully manufactured customised imaging components and software to adapt the RTT-110 airline inspection CT for carcase assessment, with …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    15 Oct 2020

  • Research organisation

    Murdoch University

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