LiveCorp through the Livestock Export Program (LEP) invests in RD&E to enhance the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the livestock export industry and to support an industry culture of continuous innovation, improvement and growth.
Over 70% of the LEP’s investment in RD&E is in animal welfare and targeted at supporting the continuous improvement of livestock health, welfare and management throughout the supply chain. Approximately 20% of the RD&E investment is targeted at projects that aim to enhance the livestock export industry’s supply chain capability and risk management profile. The remaining investment is targeted towards projects that support improved market access and development for Australian livestock.
The LEP RD&E Strategy can be viewed here.
RD&E undertaken can be in many different forms and may include; experimental and research projects to fill knowledge gaps, literature reviews, development of systems and software as well as the extension materials such as standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instructions.
The LEP’s RD&E program incorporates the entire livestock export supply chain and all of the species exported. Each research project has been categorised by species, specific areas of the supply chain and the subject of the report.
The LEP Research Development and Extention (RD&E) Update publication can be viewed and downloaded here.
National Primary Industries RD&E Framework
Through the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC), the Australian, state and territory governments, rural R&D corporations (RDCs), CSIRO and universities have jointly developed the National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) framework to encourage greater collaboration and promote continuous improvement in the investment of RD&E resources nationally.
LiveCorp participates in and maintains membership on the steering committees for two of the eight cross-sectoral strategies - those being biosecurity and animal welfare.
National Animal Bio-security RD&E Strategy
The National Animal Bio-security RD&E Strategy (NABRDES) aims to provide the Australian livestock industries with innovaive and integrated ways of preparing for, responding to and recovering from disease, pest and weed incursions. Animal Health Australia (AHA) coordinates the implementation of this strategy on behalf of government and industry statekholders, including animal-based rural RDCs.
National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy (NAWRDES)
The National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy (NAWRDES) aims to deliver strong collaboration amongst existing RD&E provider groups and effective partnership between investors and research providers to address the seven strategic themes of:
- animal welfare assessment;
- pain assessment and management;
- management, housing and husbandry;
- transport, euthanasia and slaughter;
- public attitudes, social science and community;
- education, training and extension; and
- policy and market access.