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MLA Updates 2023: A Convergence of Innovation and Sustainability in the Red Meat Industry

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The upcoming annual MLA Updates 2023, hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), is poised to be a pivotal event for levy payers in the red meat industry.

This year’s event will showcase a range of presentations, displays, and demonstrations, focusing on MLA’s key investments and the latest advancements in the sector.

Holly Kramer, a Board Director at Woolworths (Sustainability Chair), Fonterra, and ANZ bank, will grace the event as the Keynote Speaker. Kramer is set to share her valuable insights on ‘sustainability from paddock to plate’, a topic of growing importance in the agricultural sector. 

Following her presentation, a panel session featuring Lambpro General Manager Tom Bull, Western Plains Beef producer Iain Bruce, MLA Adoption and Commercial Services Group Manager Sarah Strachan, and MLA Board Director Jack Holden will delve into the solutions and technologies that are driving sustainability and setting producers up for success.

David Allen, a beef and wool producer from Mortlake, Victoria, expressed his keen interest in the CN30 program and the agricultural technologies being showcased. “Understanding sustainability and the carbon neutrality journey throughout the supply chain is crucial,” Allen stated, highlighting the significance of these topics for attendees.

He also noted the value of having the MLA Updates in regional Victoria, providing an opportunity for direct engagement with MLA and insights into their nationwide initiatives.

The event will feature various interactive activities, demonstrations, and hubs, including an ISC Hub discussing eNVD and the NLIS Database Uplift project, a Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Hub, and others focusing on Sustainability, Genetics, and Livestock Productivity.

Olivia Lawson, from Paringa Livestock in Central Victoria, is particularly looking forward to updates on sustainability and the CN30 target.

“I’m interested in the latest research and development, especially around sustainability and the CN30 target,” said Ms Lawson, underscoring her eagerness to gain insights into the state of the livestock and retail markets in light of recent developments.

With up to 20 presentations and demonstrations covering a wide array of topics, including marketing and insights, research and development, and adoption strategies, MLA Updates 2023 promises to be an informative and engaging event for all stakeholders in the red meat industry. 

The event represents a significant opportunity for producers and industry professionals to gain valuable knowledge and stay abreast of the latest trends and innovations in the sector.