NABRC MEMBERS HELP SET THE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES ON BEHALF OF BEEF PRODUCERS IN THEIR REGION
NABRC is an independent organisation made up of producer representatives, research organisations, education providers, and State farming organisations.
We aim to ensure innovation and learning in the northern beef industry is relevant to producers and beef industry participants, and achieves this by bringing together stakeholders in the planning of research, development and extension (RD&E) activities for Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.
NABRC does not fund RD&E activities. Our role is to gather feedback from stakeholders from across Northern Australia to influence the RD&E agenda and ensure it addresses the priority issues facing our industry.
We achieve this through our 11 Regional Beef Research Committees (RBRCs), which meet at least twice a year to identify and discuss strategic industry issues. The chairs of each committee participate in NABRC meetings held bi-annually as part of NABRC’s role in developing and providing advice to organisations that invest in or undertake beef cattle RD&E.
NABRC does not endorse research ideas however interested parties are encouraged to contact their relevant Regional Beef Research Committee for the potential opportunity to present to the committee for consideration of their support.
Each year, NABRC publishes a list of research, development and adoption issues affecting the northern grassfed beef industry, ranked in order of priority by the 11 RBRCs.
We also make a formal submission to Meat and Livestock Australia’s Biennial Investment Call based upon feedback and consultation with RBRCs, and circulate the priorities to other potential funding agencies.
NABRC exists as one of three regional research councils as part of Meat and Livestock Australia’s Regional Advisory Council framework. We work alongside the Southern Australia Livestock Research Council (SALRC) and Western Australia Livestock Research Council (WALRC).
Representatives from each of the three councils make up the Red Meat Panel which provides advice on investment priorities to the MLA Board.
MLA’s Regional Advisory framework has guided the investment of grassfed beef and sheepmeat levies resulting in more than $50M of research, development and adoption projects. Over the course of the five years since its inception, the project call process has seen more than 600 submitted preliminary proposals from 83 different applicant organisations resulting in almost 70 contracted projects set to advance industry.
NABRC’s influence and collaboration efforts have resulted in game-changing research programs for the beef industry, including the recent Northern Breeding Business (NB2) project, pasture dieback research, phosphorous for cattle fertility, and the famous CashCow project.
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