Expanding feedbase options and increasing feed efficiency in livestock is the focus of 11 new research projects worth a total of $35 million over five years, announced under the Livestock Productivity Partnership (LPP).
The LPP is a collaborative research and development (R&D) partnership involving MLA Donor Company (MDC), NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of New England and CSIRO, aimed at boosting livestock productivity and developing new R&D capacity.
The goal of the LPP is to contribute to a national increase in productivity improvement in the livestock industry from 1% to 2.5% per year by developing regional and system-specific feedbase options, and new animal phenotyping and farm management tools, primarily for producers in NSW and southern and central Queensland.
LPP Chair Dr Ian Johnsson said the 11 new R&D projects cover key areas of red meat productivity gains that grassroots producers have asked for.
“They include research into grazing systems – from new pasture varieties to fertiliser management – as well as strategic research into more efficient animals and novel supplement delivery systems,” Dr Johnsson said.
“R&D will focus on feedbase options to help producers address changing weather patterns and more variable rainfall patterns.
“In NSW for example, projects are looking at new options for pastures and crops that will respond to increased summer rainfall.
“There are also new technologies and scientific approaches that will be utilised to help address feed efficiency in ruminants so we can boost production and ensure the industry remains competitive with other proteins.”
|Dual-purpose crops for lamb production in northern NSW||CSIRO|
|Improving the use of forage brassicas in mixed farming systems||CSIRO|
|Novel dual purpose perennial cereals for grazing||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Increasing livestock production by integrating tropical pastures into farming systems||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Extending the boundaries of legume adaptation through better soil management in high rainfall zones||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Phosphorus management and requirements of tropical legume pasture swards||University of New England|
|Perennial pasture and forage combinations to extend summer feed in southern NSW||CSIRO|
|Optimising nutritional supplement use in Australia’s northern beef industry||University of New England|
|Improving profit from pasture through increased feed efficiency||CSIRO/NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Revise Australian feeding standards to better achieve product specifications and improve ruminant efficiency||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Developing a framework for tactical decision making to address feed deficits||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
Source: MLA, CSIRO, UNE, NSW DPI. For more information about LPP projects visit www.mla.com.au/mdc/lpp