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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
40 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2015-16 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY CONSULTATION Australia’s sheep producers are having greater input than ever before into setting Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) research, development and adoption priorities (RD&A). Sheep producers have their say in MLA’s research investment MLA’s new regional consultation process enables grassroots sheep and cattle producers to have their say about where their research levies are directed, ensuring future work in this area better reflects their requirements on-farm. The new consultation framework was developed following an independent review of MLA’s levy investment systems for on- farm RD&A in early 2013. The framework divides Australia’s livestock production areas into three zones within a national structure: • Southern Australian Meat Research Council (SAMRC) • Western Australian Livestock Research Council (WALRC) • North Australia Beef Research Council (NABRC – which has been providing direction to RD&A investment for some time) Input from sheep producers is gathered by coordinated producer input into WALRC, and by seven regional committees of SAMRC chaired by local producers. SAMRC also includes Queensland sheep producers. Sheep producers can have direct input into RD&A priorities by attending producer forums being held throughout Australia this year. To find out more about regional committees and when the producer forums are, sheep producers are encouraged to visit the regional consultation section on the MLA website www.mla.com.au/About-MLA/RD- Consultation MLA General Manager, On Farm Innovation and Adoption, Dr Matthew McDonagh said for the first time this year, the RD&A priorities for MLA’s first annual open project call were developed through regional consultation. The annual project call invited preliminary proposals from individual research and extension organisations, producer groups, and consortia for funding to support projects in line with producer nominated RD&A priorities. “M LA is committed to giving sheep producers a strong voice in the way their levies are spent and in prioritising research investment so that it delivers real outcomes for industry, and helps producers run more profitable, sustainable and competitive businesses,” Dr McDonagh said.