INDUSTRY research, development and adoption providers will be required to submit preliminary proposals for on-farm research, development and adoption projects through the 2017/18 Meat and Livestock Australia annual call.

Cattle Council Vice President and Chair of the Cattle Council Research, Development and Adoption committee Tony Hegarty said the proposals must be of benefit to producers.

“The priorities the proposals must address were decided through direct input from grassfed beef producers to reflect the priorities in the Meat Industry Strategic plan and the Beef Industry Strategic plan,” Mr Hegarty said.

“Over the last few years MLA, with guidance from Cattle Council, have developed an engagement model that is focussed on grassroots input from producers to help identify areas for on-farm productivity investment.

“North Australia Beef Research Council, Southern Australia Meat Research Council and Western Australia Livestock Research Council have all been instrumental in the consultation process and on behalf of Cattle Council I commend the work done by the Chairs and Regional Chairs of these organisations.”

Cattle Council have been a strong advocate for this model, which informs the decisions made by the Red Meat Panel.

The three priorities through this model are:

  •     Whole farm breeder productivity systems
  •     Future feedbase scenarios
  •     Profitable and efficient ruminant nutrition.

The Cattle Council RD&A committee is the forum which helps develop the strategic direction of research, development and adoption in Australia and ensures accountability to producers and the industry.

“The Cattle Council RD&A committee has become a valuable forum in which beef producers are represented and able to contribute to the strategic direction of industry,” Mr Hegarty said.

“Through the committee Cattle Council are able to maintain strategic oversight and ensure the delivery of practical RD&A outcomes for beef producers that will help them improve on-farm practices.”

“When levy dollars are being invested into these projects, we want to make sure that grassfed beef producers are the ones receiving the benefit.”

“We can have the best research in the world, but it must be utilised by producers to safeguard the future competitiveness of our industry.”

Application forms for preliminary proposals are available on the MLA website and should be submitted electronically before 6pm (AEDT) Friday, 23 December 2016.

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