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Funding available for livestock producers interested in research and development

By Rodney Woods

Livestock producer groups interested in running local projects to validate the on-farm benefits of research and development findings are reminded that funding applications open on April 1.

Meat & Livestock Australia’s producer demonstration sites program for 2020-21 is open to beef and sheepmeat producer groups throughout Australia.

The program includes levy and co-contributor funding options for projects ranging from two years to a maximum of six years.

Preliminary applications for both funding options will be open for six weeks, from April 1 to May 12.

MLA program adoption manager David Packer said the program aimed to increase the rate of adoption of key management practices and technologies that improve business profitability, productivity and sustainability.

“Adoption of research outcomes is absolutely critical to driving practice change on-farm and building resilience and prosperity in the Australian red meat industry,” Mr Packer said.

“The PDS program enables producers to see first-hand the commercial relevance of research outcomes through long-term hands-on experiential and peer-to-peer learning.

“The program continues to successfully result in evidenced-based practice change that has increased productivity and profitability for the adopting production systems.”

Producer groups wishing to engage in a levy project can apply for up to $25 000 per year, for the length of the project, and producer groups wishing to engage in a co-contributor project can apply for up to $50 000 per year for the length of the project.

“Co-contributor projects require producer investment in the project, which is matched by MLA Donor Company,” Mr Packer said.

For full details, application guidelines and forms, visit: www.mla.com.au/PDS

The 2020-21 terms of reference and levy priorities will be available on the website from March 27.