Livestock producer groups seeking to lift productivity and profitability have been invited to apply for funding to run projects aimed at validating the on-farm benefits of integrating Meat & Livestock Australia’s research findings and innovations into their businesses.
MLA’s Producer Demonstration Sites program provides funding of up to $25000 a year for a maximum of three years, for up to 10 beef projects, five sheep projects and two goat projects that are able to start this year.
MLA producer consultation and adoption general manager Michael Crowley said the PDS program was aimed at shortening the time lag between technological innovation and adoption of practices by producers at a local level.
‘‘The PDS program supports groups of livestock producers to demonstrate and validate the business value of integrating new management practices, research and development outputs and associated skills into local farming systems,’’ he said.
Mr Crowley said 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.
■Preliminary PDS applications should be submitted on or before Friday, March 10. For more information, visit the MLA website.