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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.

Commercial opportunity

MLA seeks global solution providers to enhance Australia’s red meat supply chain

Meat & Livestock Australia is seeking expressions of interest from global collaborators with solutions to objectively measure value characteristics – from productivity, welfare and eating quality to marbling potential – in live animals. With the potential to transform decision-making for producers, feedlotters, and processors, it’s a research priority that’s turning a lot of heads.       

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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Beef cattle

Meat & Livestock Australia: a new cattle tick vaccine for Australia - licensing opportunity

Opportunity for

  • Animal health companies with capability commercialising animal vaccines
  • Investors and collaboration partners worldwide.
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Opportunity type

    Licensing, Seeking partners

  • Express interest by

    31 January 2023

  • Readiness
    Mid to Late (TRL 5-9)
    For opportunities that are seeking solutions providers who are in the mid to late stages of readiness.
Logo for Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA): Development, evaluation and adoption of objective measurement solutions for live animals - Request for Tender
Multiple industries

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA): Development, evaluation and adoption of objective measurement solutions for live animals - Request for Tender

Opportunity for

  • Businesses and global solution providers to submit proposals to develop, evaluate and/or adopt emerging objective measurement technologies for live animal assessment (beef cattle, sheep/lamb, goats)
  • Led by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Opportunity type

    Research partner, Seeking solutions

  • Express interest by

    10 December, 2022

  • Readiness
    Any (TRL 1-9)
    For opportunities that are seeking solutions providers who are at any stage of readiness.
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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

Social Insights Survey (Survey)

  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2021 - 30 Jun 2023

  • Research organisation

    LiveCorp

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Multiple industries

Best Practice Treatment Factsheets for Cattle

This project seeks to engage a consultant to create seven fact sheets on best practice treatment of cattle on livestock export ships, for use by stockpersons and employees on board.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    6 Aug 2021 - 30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    LiveCorp

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Multiple industries

Standardisation of Export Declarations Welfare Practices

To improve regulatory efficiency and consistency in Australia's livestock export trade, this project aims to develop standardised documentation for the declarations required in major markets, beginning with the South East Asian cattle markets.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    11 Aug 2021 - 30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    LiveCorp

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Multiple industries

Uptake of Training and Animal Health and Welfare Practices

Encouraging greater uptake of leading animal health and welfare practice across the livestock supply chain is important to reduce risks, increase productivity and support industry sustainability. This project aims to produce a sustainable training strategy tailored to the specific requirements of the livestock export industry.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    15 Aug 2021 - 30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    LiveCorp

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Multiple industries

Livestock Export Industry 2021 Snapshot (Survey)

The Livestock Export Program (LEP) invests in research, development and extension (RD&E) activities to enhance the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the red meat export industry. This project will assess the current priorities and sentiment of the industry, to ensure that LEP RD&E priorities remain relevant and effective.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2021 - 30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    LiveCorp

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Sheep & lamb

On-line measurement of intramuscular fat in hot lamb carcases

An imaging needle using an established medical technology has established a positive proof-of-concept to measure Intra Muscular Fat (IMF) percentage in an un-cut lamb carcase. Intramuscular fat contributes positively to the juiciness and flavour of lamb and is a useful indicator of eating quality. This project will assist in refining the pre-commercial prototype probe under development, validate the precision and accuracy of IMF measurement and release a prototype device to an early-adopter industry partner.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    9 Feb 2022 - 1 Jun 2025

  • Research organisation

    The University of Adelaide (UA)

Logo for Translating intramuscular fat measurement technology to the sheepmeat industry
Multiple industries

Translating intramuscular fat measurement technology to the sheepmeat industry

Intramuscular fat contributes positively to the juiciness and flavour of lamb and is a useful indicator of eating quality. This project will deliver a commercially applicable intramuscular probe to measure intramuscular fat in un-cut lamb carcases. This project will focus on lamb but the device will also be applicable to beef.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    15 Dec 2021 - 31 Jan 2025

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