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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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Logo for Novel semi-permeable gas membrane
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

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
Logo for SoleMate - A shoe insole medical IoT device with automated remote emergency alerts
Beef

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

  • 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
Logo for Goat Pet treats – Proof of Concept development
Other rural industries

Goat Pet treats – Proof of Concept development

This project will explore the proof of concept development of goat-based pet treats, such as goat horns and ears. The …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    30 May 2020

  • Research organisation

    CB and JE Stewart

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Multiple industries

Concentrated Solar Thermal Power

This project involves a review of available concentrated solar thermal (CST) and power (CSP) technologies, to understand the technical and …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    1 Apr 2018

  • Research organisation

    All Energy Pty Ltd

Logo for Facilitation of the Australian Red Meat Carbon initiative
Multiple industries

Facilitation of the Australian Red Meat Carbon initiative

This project will investigate two key problem areas identified within Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)'s Carbon Neutral 2030 initiative: 1) delivering …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    7 Aug 2018

  • Research organisation

    Cicada Innovations

Logo for A pathway to improve quality of national herd
Multiple industries

A pathway to improve quality of national herd

This project aims to establish the design of a system to enable improved quality of current herd and productivity data …
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2019

  • Research organisation

    Integrity Ag and Environment

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