If you supply JBS Southern, NH Foods or Coles you may be able to access data in LDL. A number of other processors are also providing animal health feedback through LDL. Please contact your livestock buyer or the plant directly to find out more information.
Data from the National Sheep Health Monitoring Program is also available through LDL. For a list of abattoirs where monitoring occurs and for further information, please click here
The Australian red meat industry produces and collects a wide range of data at various points along the livestock supply chain. The LDL program provides a solution to enable greater utilisation of this information by presenting feedback in a user-friendly format that can aid in decision-making throughout the supply chain. Accessing this information improves the bottom line for producers and red meat processors.
Animal diseases and defects affect meat, offal and sometimes the carcase, causing these products to be condemned. MLA research indicates meat and offal condemns cost the beef processing sector between $11.8m and $50m per year.
LDL also includes data from the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) which allows sheep producers consigning to participating abattoirs to access their inspection results against 19 disease and defect conditions.
A number of projects have been undertaken to analyse the costs and benefits of the LDL program for the Australian beef and sheep livestock industries. The outcomes from these projects were used to further assess the net benefits that LDL could potentially deliver to the Australian beef and sheep industries.
An industry report around the cost benefit modelling of the LDL program is available here.
A final report analysing the benefits of LDL for the processing sector is available here.
A final report on LDL industry analysis is available here.
MLA research indicates non-compliance with market specifications costs up to $163 million per year across the beef industry. This includes value lost due to:
Additional benefits include:
Producers can use LDL to understand why their consignment did or did not comply with market requirements, including carcase compliance and animal health issues.
Processors have customised grids based on individual market requirements, so producers can easily see if a carcase was downgraded (i.e. discounted) and the reason why. Producers can access solutions to address non-compliance issues to help them decide what changes to make to increase compliance, and ultimately their returns.
Producers can also compare their own carcase performance figures to industry benchmarks within their region, state or the whole country, to identify further areas of improvement.
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Three cost/benefit analysis projects have been undertaken.
One of the projects assessed the capacity of the LDL program to provide commercial benefits to the Australian beef and sheep livestock industries. This project encompassed six core components, aimed at assessing the benefits that LDL could potentially deliver to the Australian red meat livestock industries, and to the red meat processing sector. This analysis was used to support the assessment of a business case for further investment into the development and roll-out of the LDL program.
Another project independently reviewed the LDL program and undertook a cost/benefit analysis on the development of the program. The LDL cost/benefit analysis included the following:
Developed a costing model that captures the value benefit for each of the various sectors of the industry
Accessed data available from existing industry studies, conduct higher level liaison with the two processors involved in the pilot project, liaise with UNE and MLA to obtain other pertinent data that will be required to populate the model
Provided a cost/benefit, based on the available data that quantifies the benefits of LDL feedback information to each section of the supply chain
A final return on investment should be calculated for the LDL system and where possible, quantify the impact the system will have on relevant MLA Programs
Another project assisted individual plants piloting LDL, and industry, to assess the technical, operational, and commercial costs and benefits of LDL. This project included the beef and sheepmeat industries, and the processor, feedlot and producer sectors of the supply chain. It encompassed five core components, aimed at collecting and analysing the operational experience of the LDL pilots, complemented by targeted additional research and analysis.