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Applications open for on-farm producer demonstration sites

Livestock producer groups seeking to lift productivity and profitability are invited to apply for funding to run local projects aimed at validating the on-farm benefits of integrating Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) research findings and innovations into their businesses.

MLA’s Producer Demonstration Sites (PDS) program provides funding of up to $25,000 a year for a maximum of three years, for up to ten beef projects, five sheep projects and two goat projects that are able to commence in 2017.
  
 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.
 
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 (NABRC), Southern Australian Meat Research Council (SAMRC) and Western Australian Livestock Research Council (WALRC) priorities.
 
Those priorities are:

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

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.  For more information, visit the MLA website .

Preliminary PDS applications should be submitted on or before Friday 10 March 2017.