Lamb Production

Sheep and goat producer group on-farm research project call

Sheep Central February 10, 2017

mla logoSHEEP, goat and beef producer groups can apply for up to $25,000 to run local projects aimed at validating the on-farm benefits of integrating Meat & Livestock Australia’s research findings and innovations into their businesses.

Sheep, goat and beef producer groups seeking to lift productivity and profitability have been invited to apply for the MLA Producer Demonstration Sites program funding of up to $25,000 a year for a maximum of three years.

Funding is available for up to five sheep projects, two goat projects and ten beef projects that are able to commence in 2017.

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MLA’s General Manager – Producer Consultation and Adoption, Michael Crowley, said the PDS program was aimed at shortening the time lag between technological innovation and adoption of practices by producers at a local level.

“The PDS program supports groups of livestock producers to demonstrate and validate the business value of integrating new management practices, research and development outputs and associated skills into local farming systems.

“The key outcome of a PDS is producer adoption of the demonstrated innovation and management practices, resulting in improved profitability and productivity,” Mr Crowley said.

A PDS must be initiated by a producer group and address a key adoption issue limiting enterprise productivity and profitability and demonstrate positive results when adopted by producers, he said.

MLA is calling for preliminary applications for producer demonstration sites related to sheep and beef enterprises that align with the relevant 2017/18 regional Northern Australian Beef Research Council, Southern Australian Meat Research Council and Western Australian Livestock Research Council priorities.

Those priorities are:

Whole farm breeder productivity systems;

Future feedbase scenarios;

Profitable and efficient ruminant nutrition.

For goat industry projects, applications are sought focused around:

Understanding and benchmarking the profitability of goat production systems;

Benefits of developing diversity in the feedbase for goat production to sustainably increase carrying capacity;

Triple bottom line benefit of using goats for weed management;

Improved understanding of business and herd management;

Genetic improvement in line with market requirements.

To help guide producer groups considering applying for the PDS program, a webinar has been recorded by MLA and is available on the MLA website. The webinar addresses some key factors to consider in applications and provides tips to ensure they are as compelling as possible.

Source: MLA.


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