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 publications can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the links below.
LEP RD&E Program Review and Implementation
The Livestock Export Program (LEP) research, development and extension program is jointly funded by LiveCorp (25%), Meat & Livestock Australia (25%) and matching funds from the Australian Government (50%).
A review carried out in 2018 focused on the systems and processes that support the delivery of R&D for the livestock export industry, with a particular emphasis on governance and the extension of project outcomes.
The review included the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making and processes carried out by:
- The Livestock Export Research and Development Advisory Committee (LERDAC), made up of producer and exporter representatives nominated by the peak industry councils, and an independent technical advisor; and
- The Management Committee made up of LiveCorp and MLA representatives and the Chair of LERDAC.
The findings were based on four main principles:
- Clarity: Clear strategic objectives, and clear decision-making and evaluation processes
- Reach: Better engagement with stakeholders, both within and external to the industry, to ensure the Program is delivering relevant projects
- Structure: A simple and efficient structure, with clear and consistent reporting and management
- Knowledge: Regular review to determine priorities and incorporate learnings from past projects.
Changes are being implemented in response to the review, and the aim is to have the work completed by mid-2020.
Key changes will include:
- Collaboratively develop an RD&E Strategic Plan with industry, government and community engagement. This will guide new R&D partnerships, proposals for projects, and provide a means of tracking the Program’s outcomes.
- Develop a communications and engagement strategy to ensure ongoing, sustainable communication and extension support
- Develop and refine templates, tools and processes for generating project concepts and converting them to projects
- Develop a system for post-project reviews, to capture lessons and identify potentially valuable areas for future RD&E
- Define governance structures and roles of LERDAC, Management Committee and Consultative Committees,
- Adjust LERDAC composition to include people who represent producers, exporters and the wider community
- Appoint an independent LERDAC Chair with appropriate skills and experience
- Increase the role of consultative committees to support projects with specific stakeholder interest groups or subject matter expertise.
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.