Digital Forum
"From the hype to the happening"

21 - 22 November 2018

About MLA's Digital Forum

You’ve probably heard all the hype about digital technology being the next big thing in agriculture. But what’s really happening in the red meat industry right now? And what are the new developments headed our way? MLA’s Digital Forum is your chance to see some of the latest digital technology in action on the farm.

You’ll hear industry colleagues share their experiences of applying digital tools in their business and the impact it’s had on their time, their decision making and their bottom line. And you’ll be able to connect with service providers from all over the world as they showcase the technologies available now for your business in our digital tradeshow.

MLA’s Digital Forum has something for everyone – whether you’re wanting to see what a difference digital technology could make to your enterprise, or you’re looking for the next tool to further increase the productivity of your business.

Who should attend?

  • Producers
  • Feedlotters
  • Processors
  • Retailers
  • Industry service providers
“What are the options to improve how my business and family are connected to the outside world?’
“Once I’m connected, how can that add value to my business?”
“How can I use data to optimise my business?”
“What opportunities are there in Objective Measurement and does it work for live animals?”
“Can I use digital to engage better with the consumer and/or the community?”

Join us in Canberra from 22-23 November to learn the very latest, talk to those who know and get a heads-up on future industry projects.

Please note: MLA's Digital Forum is a part of the Red Meat 2018 Program. Registration is essential through the Red Meat 2018 registration portal.

Digital Forum Agenda

Date Time Details Venue
Thursday, 22 November 2018 7.15am - 12.30pm Digital Forum Field Day: Experience the happening Buses depart and return to Hotel Realm
Join us on a visit to “Carwoola” where we will demonstrate many of the digital solutions available now. Day-to-day, Darren and his team at Carwoola operate a 2,000 hectare mixed livestock and cropping enterprise. With their support, MLA and various solution providers have installed a range of tools encompassing connectivity, animal monitoring and tracking, asset monitoring and tracking, human safety, analytics and user interfaces.

Participants will travel by coach from Hotel Realm departing at 7.15am and return to the hotel before 2.00pm.
Thursday, 22 November 2018 2.00pm - 5.00pm Digital Forum - Day 1 Hotel Realm
Session 1: Global Consumers – Expectations and transparency
  • What are global consumers expecting?
  • How are they connecting with their food supply through technology?
  • What is the Australian industry doing to meet these changing global consumer’s needs?
Session 2: Future leveraging of digital data
  • Who owns data?
  • How do I encourage others to use my data, yet still get value from it?
  • How might data in the Australian retail sector be generated and shared in the future?
Thursday, 22 November 2018 5.00pm - 7.00pm Digital Forum - Trade Show - refreshments Hotel Realm

Connect with service providers showcasing technologies available now.

Friday, 23 November 2018 8.00am - 3.30pm Digital Forum - Day 2 Hotel Realm
Session 3: Leveraging non-red meat livestock technology for the benefit of the Australian industry
  • Breakfast presentation.
  • Understand how technologies from other industries can benefit the Australian red meat industry.
Session 4: Generating business and consumer Data
  • Hear from solution providers who have installed equipment on “Carwoola” for animal monitoring and tracking, asset monitoring and tracking, human safety, analytics and user interfaces.
Session 5: Connectivity solutions
  • Hear from solution providers who have installed equipment on “Carwoola” and other locations.
Session 6: Digital Supply Chain Trust
  • Different approaches in addressing value chain fraud, substitution and underpinning claims
Session 7: A possible digital future
  • What might be the future and how do we ensure the Australian red meat industry is well-placed to succeed?

How to register for Digital Forum

Digital Forum is a part of the Red Meat 2018 program. Using the dropdown in the below form, indicate the number of attendees you wish to register. Click 'Register' and complete your details in the new browser window. Alternatively, please visit our booking website directly at

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