Carcase data available

Carcase data available

June 21 2022

Carcase data available

Quick facts

  • Not meeting market specifications could be costing you money.
  • The Livestock Data Link (LDL) carcase data can help you understand why your consignment did or did not comply with market requirements.
  • If you have sold to a processor who is involved with the LDL program your carcase data is already waiting. Go to to register.

“The LDL feedback is fantastic, it shows that we’re meeting our targets as far as our meat and fat condition score. If we’re outside those guidelines it costs us money and the LDL tells us exactly what it’s costing us if we’re not meeting those targets. That’s critical for any business to know.” - Jane Kellock, Kellock Enterprises, Farrell Flat SA.

Jane Kellocl, South Australian producer

Caption: Jane credits the Livestock Data Link system for providing the information needed to optimise consignment performance.


Livestock Data Link (LDL) is an online program that enables the smooth, timely sharing of carcase information between processors and their producers with the aim of optimising supply chain performance. LDL lets producers see and analyse their carcase data from participating processors to target better compliance to their market specifications, to help producers improve consignment performance.

How can LDL help my operations?

Livestock Data Link (LDL) provides producers with carcase performance data for animals they have bred or consigned. This data can be useful for producers who are preparing future consignments and can help inform decisions on future breeding programs.

LDL's analytical and benchmarking tools enable livestock performance to be reviewed against a specific target market, or benchmarked against other suppliers within the region, state or country.

What data can I access?

LDL displays four modules of performance data:

  1. Carcase compliance – including carcase weight and fat measurement
  2. Animal disease and defects – through post-mortem inspections
  3. Breeder information (beef) - for animals bred but not directly consigned to a processor
  4. Lean Meat Yield – predictive algorithm for sheep and MSA-graded beef carcases

This information provides producers with the full details of their livestock which can help producers understand how methods of production can be modified to improve productivity and profitability.

Find out the data you can access and how you can compare to particular market specifications in the below video or by clicking here.

How can I access my data and get started?

Access your carcase data by registering for LDL here: Registration requires your NLIS user ID and password. You will be taken directly to the LDL dashboard where you can view information on any recent consignments.

Where does the marketing and comparison data come from?

LDL is an online program that enables carcase and animal disease information to be efficiently shared between processors and producers with the aim of optimising supply chain performance. This data is derived from the:

  • NLIS database
  • gradings from Meat Standards Australia (MSA)
  • central Animal Health databases

LDL uses these data sets to generate user-friendly analytical tools and benchmarking reports that help producers align carcase performance with the specific livestock grid that they have consigned against.

Which processors are taking part?

A number of processors currently provide feedback to producers through LDL, including:

  • Wingham Beef Exports
  • Oakey Beef Exports
  • JBS Southern
  • The Casino Food Co-op (formerly NCMC).

Data from the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) has also been made available thanks to Animal Health Australia (AHA) from 11 processing establishments across Australia.

How is LDL being used in a commercial setting to benefit operations?

Processors have extensive amounts of data that is collected through their own means – LDL is the key to giving that data back to producers faster than traditional methods. This data specifically assists in management decisions, including:

  • Keeping specific livestock depending on their yield and carcase quality
  • Changing practices to ensure production increase and profitability (such as feed changes)
  • Continuing feedlot usage to increase carcase weight

This data helps you analyse your business over time, so your business and future producers of our industry can understand the most effective practices for production and profitability.

Learn more at: Livestock Data Link producer case study - South Australia

How do I get my data in LDL?

To get access to carcase compliance, disease and defect, breeder or lean meat yield percentage data in LDL, you need to consign to a processor participating in either the LDL program or the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP). As LDL is a voluntary program, not all processors are participating. Processors are rolling out LDL to their suppliers on a supply chain basis.

If you have had sheep processed throughout Southern Australia, data may have been collected through the NSHMP. This data is available through LDL as part of a collaborative initiative between Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Sheep Producers Australia (SPA), Wool Producers Australia (WPA) and Animal Health Australia (AHA).

If you are a producer, we encourage you to contact your processor to find out if they are involved or interested in being part of the LDL program. For more information about LDL, please email

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