Research vital to northern industry viability
24 June 2016
A new research partnership announced for the northern beef cattle industry will provide research and development vital to industry.
Cattle Council drove the reforms to the Meat and Livestock Australia research and development process which recommended MLA implement more strategic partnerships.
These reforms have been critical to establishing cooperative partnerships ensuring that new research undertaken delivers practical benefits on-farm.
The push for more strategic partnerships also formed part of the Beef Industry Strategic Plan, emphasising the importance of research and development to increase livestock profitability across the grass-fed beef sector.
The Northern Beef Collaborative Partnership between MLA’s Donor Company and the University of Queensland is worth up to $8 million a year, for a minimum of three years.
The research partnership will focus on improving productivity in the northern industry through animal nutrition, supplementation and feedbase; cattle health and welfare, and; reproduction efficiency and management.
Cattle Council of Australia’s President Howard Smith said that strategic research and development partnerships, such as the one between the MLA Donor Company and UQ, were critical to improving the productivity and profitability of the northern beef industry.
“Collaborative partnerships, between industry and research organisations, enable important new research to be conducted and for it to be delivered to producers as a practical solution to boost productivity.” Mr Smith said.
“These partnerships provide avenues for vital research into herd management systems; improving genetic profiles; enhancing animal welfare practices and sustainability to deliver practical outcomes and assist producers in realising the full potential of their business.”
Diminishing government investment in research, development and adoption has hindered the potential productivity and profitability of beef producers through a lack of access to systems that have been vital in turning the Australian beef industry into a globally competitive one.
“As we are a trade-exposed industry we must continue to invest in research, which will enable us to differentiate our product as the best beef in the world,” Mr Smith said.
“When we look at growing demand for protein in emerging markets and look at what our competitors are doing to access these markets, it is clear that only through a robust research, development and adoption sector can Australian beef producers remain a head of our global competitors.”