Livestock Data Link (LDL)

Livestock Data Link (LDL) is an online program that enables the smooth, timely sharing of carcase and animal disease information between processors and their producers with the aim of optimising supply chain performance.

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How does LDL work?

LDL links carcase data from the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and Meat Standards Australia (MSA) databases with analytical tools, benchmarking reports and the Solutions to Feedback library.  

Producers can use LDL to understand why their consignment did or did not comply with market requirements, including carcase compliance and animal health issues.

Participation in LDL is voluntary for processors and producers. 

Why do we need LDL?

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.

Do I have feedback in LDL?

Integrity Systems Company developed a tool called ‘Find My Data’ which allows producers to see if they have data in systems like LDL. Find My Data is accessible via myMLA here.

Animal health and disease feedback system

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 14 disease and defect conditions.   

Cost benefit analysis of Livestock Data Link

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.

Do I have feedback in LDL? 

Integrity Systems Company developed a tool called 'Find My Data’ which allows producers to see if they have data in systems like LDL. Find My Data Is accessible via myMLA.

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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: 

  • Downgrades (discounts) for out of specification carcases ($51 million per year)
  • Carcase condemns ($64 million per year)
  • Loss of meat and offal value due to animal health and disease ($12m-$49m per year)

 

Additional benefits include:

  • Enhanced flow of information about carcase performance and animal health post-slaughter to improve value chain efficiency and performance.
  • A centralised information depository enables performance benchmarking at an enterprise, regional, state or national level
  • Tailored research, development and extension activities for supply chains and geographic areas facing particular carcase performance or animal disease and defect issues

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.

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: 

  1. Developed a costing model that captures the value benefit for each of the various sectors of the industry 

  1. 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 

  1. Provided a cost/benefit, based on the available data that quantifies the benefits of LDL feedback information to each section of the supply chain 

  1. 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. 

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.

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