Processing efficiency and automation

The Australian red meat  value chain faces significant challenges in sustaining efficiency and productivity at levels that ensure global competitiveness is maintained.

Operating on tight margins of one to four percent, the Australian red meat processing sector is continually seeking ways to improve cost efficiency and productivity, ensuring that a stable, profitable platform is maintained and ongoing industry growth is supported.

Improving efficiencies in the processing sector will ensure that the Australian industry remains competitive internationally, even with our comparatively high input costs. 

MLA works with the Australian Meat Processor Corporation to reduce and optimise input usage, while simultaneously increasing the sector’s efficiency in harvesting available saleable products from each animal processed.

The key drivers and opportunities for improving processing efficiencies are maximising yield and optimising product mix, addressing occupational health and safety issues, reducing the consumption of consumables and process services such as water and electricity, as well as implementing broader business efficiencies.

A key activity in the development of new technologies and processes to increase productivity is to quantitatively assess the input costs and realised benefits. These cost/benefit analyses enable a range of alternatives to be assessed, as well as identifying new areas for research and development that will support improved processing productivity.

AMPC and MLA work across a wide range of processing efficiency and automation areas including:

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Christian Ruberg

R&D Program Manager, Processing Technology

Phone: 02 9463 9142


Meat & Livestock Australia acknowledge the matching funds provided by the Australian government and contributions from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation to support it's research and development portfolio.