Project funding to lift livestock profit
Meat and Livestock Australia has called on livestock producers to apply for project funding aimed at improving profitability and productivity.
Funding has opened for livestock producer groups to run local projects to validate and demonstrate the business value of integrating new technologies and on-farm management practices into local farming systems.
Preliminary proposals for producer demonstration sites projects related to sheep and beef enterprises are sought that align with the relevant 2017-18 research, development and adoption priorities identified through its regional consultation process.
MLA’s producer demonstration sites program provides funding of up to $25,000 a year for a maximum of three years for up to 10 beef cattle projects, five sheep projects and two goat projects that can begin in 2018.
This is the second round of MLA’s producer demonstration sites open-call process for 2017-18, with seven new projects awarded funding earlier this year in WA, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Project general manager Michael Crowley said the critical outcome of a producer demonstration sites project is producer adoption of the demonstrated innovation and management practices to achieve improved profitability and productivity.
“The PDS program is aimed at increasing the rate of adoption of key management practices and technologies that improve business performance and shortening the time lag between technological innovations and on-farm adoption,” he 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.”
Preliminary PDS applications should be submitted on or before January 31.
To find out more, visit mla.com.au/pds.