Funding has been made available for biosecurity related research and development projects that will protect and enhance the Western Australian cattle industry.
The Cattle Industry Funding Scheme (IFS), which is underpinned by contributions from producers, is offering grants of up to $50,000 per year up to a maximum of three years.
Cattle IFS Management Committee chairman Steve Meerwald said the investment would reinforce measures to protect the State’s cattle herd from the threat of exotic pests and diseases.
“The Cattle IFS is keen to encourage innovative research that seeks to increase the productivity and profitability of the WA cattle industry through a number of avenues,” he said.
“This includes, but is not limited to, helping to develop sustainable industry practices, promoting market success, enhancing industry capability and improving cattle health.”
Applications are open to community, industry and producer groups, science and not-for-profit organisations, government, academia and education institutions and individuals.
Pilot studies, proof of concept projects and university research candidates are also encouraged to apply.
“Past grant recipients have undertaken an epidemiological study into bovine theileriosis, which causes severe anaemia in dairy and beef herds, and designed a probe and primer to detect the organism that causes Johne’s disease,” Mr Meerwald said.
“Another successful former applicant explored the effectiveness of a new biocontrol agent for the weed Parkinsonia, which significantly impacts the northern rangelands.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in pursuing research that will generate a benefit to the WA beef industry to apply for a grant, which could leave a lasting legacy to this important contributor to the WA economy.”
For more information and applications for a Cattle IFS R&D grant click here. Applications close at the end of Thursday, 15 July 2021.