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Current Projects

Improved methods for livestock data collection

PartnerFood and Agriculture Organisation
Cost$0.5 mill.
Time frame2 year project
Estimated completionOctober 2016

Alternative methods for the measurement of livestock production are developed and trialled in three pilot countries.  This project is part of the Global Strategy on Improving Agricultural Statistics.


Financial assistance available to new or young farmers in Australia

PartnerUNE initiative
Cost$0.2 mill.
Time frame1 year project
ProgressMidway to completion.
Literature review completed, a survey of banks completed and further data collection is underway.

A list of assistance mechanisms is compiled and the results are evaluated by surveys of administrators and recipients.


Information management in Australian beef value chains

PartnerPhD study
Cost$0.150 mill.
Time frame3 year project
ProgressJust starting - literature review completed

A study of the value of information and information sharing in the beef value chain. Optimal decision frameworks are developed and necessary steps by government and industry bodies are identified.


Measurement of efficiency in Australian farm-to-fork vertically integrated businesses

PartnerUNE initiated
Cost$0.500 mill.
Time frame3 year project
ProgressJust starting

Development of a knowledge base on farm-to-fork business, establishment of a management benchmarking tool, and development of training materials and programmes.


Benchmarking efficiency in Australian farm-to-fork vertically integrated businesses

Partner

UNE Centre for Agribusiness

Cost$1.500 mill.
Time frame3 year project
ProgressJust starting

Use of a benchmarking tool to enable on-line assessment of business performance by farm-to-fork businesses.  In particular, business owners will be able to examine buy/sell decisions along the value chain which relate to vertical integration decisions.  Price and cost items relating to trading and intermediary opportunities outside the farm-to-fork value chain will be used as efficiency indicators.


Food shopping behaviour and responses to new supermarket opening

PartnerUNE Centre for Agribusiness study
Cost$0.100 mill.
Time frame1 year project
ProgressTo be completed October 2016

Consumer surveys are conducted featuring an examination of supermarket choice, shopping and expenditure behaviour, and sensitivity to branding behaviour by supermarkets.  The study brackets the opening of a new supermarket and so examines expectations before the opening as well as conclusions drawn after the new supermarket opens.


Attitudes to foreign investment in Australian Agribusiness

PartnerUNE Centre for Agribusiness study
Cost$0.05 mill.
Time frame1 year project
ProgressTo be completed December 2016

Results of a survey conducted by a recent B Agr Res Ec student and presented at conferences in preliminary form.  The survey sample is of Australian agribusiness operators at processing, distribution and production level, and elicits statements on the presence and extent of foreign ownership in their business, opinions about the effect of foreign ownership and attitudes going forward.  The sample is stratified across firms with and without foreign ownership and is clustered by region.


Design of tertiary education programmes for Australian agribusiness

Partner

UNE Centre for Agribusiness Study in association with DFAT project

Cost$0.1 mill.
Time frame2 year project
ProgressJust starting

Survey and consultation with Australian agribusiness firms about securing and retaining employees with suitable qualifications.  Experience with study scholarships, recruitment of graduates and postgraduates, retention of graduate staff, and industry-level collaboration will be surveyed.  Elements of industry strategy will be formulated and partnerships established between commercial firms and UNE.


Business models for beef production

Partner

UNE Centre for Agribusiness Study in association with ACIAR project

Cost$0.3 mill
Time frame2 year project
ProgressJust starting

Assembly of information on beef production systems across Australia, classification by value proposition, value chain architecture, financing mechanism and risk management.  Examination of factors affecting success, and exploration of applications to new production and trading environments.


Modelling of the medium and long impacts on the Australian beef cattle industry of exports of beef, live slaughter cattle and breeding cows to Asia

Partner

UNE Centre for Agribusiness Study in association with ACIAR project

Cost

$0.3 mill.

Time frame

1-2 year project

Progress

Just starting

A medium and long term analysis of the dynamic effects on regions of Australia and Asia of beef and cattle trade.  An in-depth look at the medium and long term effects of the large scale export of breeding cows from Australia, particularly with regard to Northern Australia.


System Dynamics analysis of livestock production systems

PartnerPhD study
Cost$0.20 mill.
Time frame3 year project
Progress

To be completed December 2016

Development of system dynamics modelling approaches to a number of livestock development programs.  The PhD work examines the suitability of system dynamics methods and models to improve management and policy decisions, relative to existing methods based on conventional economic modelling.


Commercialisation of various data streams and big data in Australian livestock industries

Partner

UNE Centre for Agribusiness in association with UNE’s Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)

Cost$0.200 mill.
Time frame2 year project
ProgressAt design stage

A review of public, private and industry body roles in the collection, processing and use of data with particular reference to new streams of data and newly-available big data.  The project particularly looks at the commercialisation of data as an industry role in value addition for meat products.


Developing and testing the concept of value chain failure in the red meat industries

Partner

Meat and Livestock Australia

Cost

$0.06 mill

Time frame

Two year project

Estimated completion

June 2014

In this project, a framework was developed to understand and test the concept of value chain failure, which is the situation where the whole value chain is performing at a sub optimal level. Understanding how and where chain failure occurs is the necessary first step towards recommending appropriate remedial actions. Such actions often require the provision of chain goods, such as grading and certification systems. The development of Meat Standards Australia was found to be a clear case of the creation of a chain good to overcome systemic chain failure.


Developing and testing the concept of value chain failure in the pig meat and fruit and vegetable industries

Partner

UNE initiative and the University of Bonn, Germany

Cost

$0.025 mill

Time frame

Two year project

Estimated completion

December 2017

In this project, the concepts of chain failure and chain goods are being applied to sustainability questions in the Australian and German pig meat and fruit and vegetable industries. The aim is to understand how different trading and policy environments help or hinder whole of chain solutions. Animal welfare and food waste are particular concerns in this project.


Measuring the benefits of Meat Standards Australia in the beef value chain

Partner

Originally, Beef CRC and Meat and Livestock Australia

Cost

$0.05 mill

Time frame

Ongoing

Estimated completion

Next update by December 2016

In this project, data on the adoption of the Meat Standards Australia voluntary grading scheme and the premiums paid by consumers for MSA-graded vs non-graded beef cuts have been used to calculate the additional willingness to pay available in the market from consumers having their preferences met for guaranteed tender meat. The result shows that the extra value created in the market has covered the development and operating costs of the MSA system by a ratio of about 4:1. The analysis is being updated every couple of years as new data becomes available.


Measuring the benefits of beef genomic technologies in the Wyoming cattle industry

Partner

Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station

Cost

$0.05 mill

Time frame

Three year project

Estimated completion

September 2017

In this project, modelling frameworks are being developed for the beef industries in Wyoming and neighbouring states in the US to enable prediction of the net benefits of the adoption of new genomic technologies by Wyoming cattle farmers. Wyoming is a special case as it is a major cattle producing state but it has no USDA accredited processing plants, so the cattle have to be shipped to neighbouring states for feeding and slaughter, and then the processed meat has to be shipped back for consumption. This makes the transmission of the value of genetic gain up and down the value chain more dispersed.


Designing and implementing new free range value chains in the small scale and emerging sector of the South African beef industry

Partner

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Agricultural Research Council (South Africa), National Agricultural Marketing Council (South Africa)

Cost

$1.3 mill

Time frame

Three year project

Estimated completion

April 2018

In this project, new value chains for pasture finished beef from small-scale and emerging cattle farmers are being developed and trialled with some of South Africa’s major supermarket chains. Typically the cattle owned by these farmers are not suited to feedlot finishing (70% of beef consumed in South Africa is grain fed), and the farmers have to sell into low value local markets. However there is a high value market for pasture finished beef currently met by imports, so the project is testing whether some of this demand can be met from domestic production.