New technology will provide transparency and accountability and producers will be paid for what they deliver in the beef, pork and lamb industries, through a $4.8 million grant from the Coalition Government to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Speaking from the nation’s beef capital Rockhampton, Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the organisation would receive the funding under round two of the Rural Research and Development for Profit programme.

“The government is helping ensure our farmers have access to cutting-edge research, technology, products and processes so they remain world-class,” Minister Joyce said.

“MLA will use these funds to develop new technology to allow the industry to measure meat yield and identify traits that help predict eating quality of meat cuts.

“This harmonisation will ensure a closer link through the whole supply chain from producer to processor and finally to consumer, while better collaboration and data management will ensure cross-industry benefits.

“Developing and improving these technologies and systems will lead to better decisions, lower risk and, ultimately, increased profits.”

Minister Joyce said the project was a good example of the collaboration involved with the R&D for Profit Programme, with 16 partner organisations working towards cross-industry benefits.

“The government has delivered $52 million for R&D grants in round two, focusing on the areas of advanced technology, biosecurity, soil, water and managing natural resources, as well as promoting industry and on-farm adoption of R&D, to ensure benefits are realised at the farmgate,” Minister Joyce said.

“The funding goes to RDCs, who partner with one or more research agencies, universities, funding bodies, businesses, producer groups, or not-for-profit organisations on projects that will deliver real benefits on the farm.

“The R&D for Profit Programme is a $100 million election commitment, with the government investing a further $100 million as part of the $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper to extend the programme to 2021-22.

“This is on top of $700 million the government already invests in rural R&D each year.

“Through this funding support the government is helping ensure our farmers have access to the most cutting-edge research, technology, products and processes so they remain world-class.”

For more information, visit agriculture.gov.au/rd4profit.

Read more stories like this in issue 17 of Leading Agriculture Magazine.