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Tools and calculators

MLA provides a range of tools and calculators to assist red meat producers in making decisions in their businesses. 

Feed Calculators

Stocking rate calculator
Determine a paddock's carrying capacity for either cattle or sheep.

Access the Stocking rate calculator

Understand the pattern of feed supply and demand over a 12 month period.

Access the Feed demand calculator (UNDER MAINTENANCE)


Pasture Tools and Calculators

Feedbase planning and budgeting tool

This tool is designed to help you to plan your rotational grazing systems, determine appropriate stocking rates, calculate your pasture growth rates, determine how long your paddocks will last and calculate the most economical ration for your stock.

Access the Feedbase planning and budgeting tool

Pasture Improvement Calculator
The costs and benefits of resowing pastures to livestock, soils and the environment.

Access the Pasture improvement calculator

Phosphorus Tool
How to use soil testing information to plan fertiliser and livestock investments.

Access the Phosphorus Tool

Pasture Paramedic
'Pasture Paramedic' is a decision-making tool that allows rapid assessment of pasture condition in the medium to high rainfall zones of southern Australia, northern NSW and the WA wheatbelt.

Access Pasture Paramedic

Pasture Trial Network
This tool allows you to assess and compare the performance of more than 100 pasture varieties across the key pasture species for the red meat industry.

Access the Pasture Trial Network tool


Cost of Production Calculators

Determine your Cost of Production (CoP) and compare your performance annually.

  • Beef, Lamb & Goat CoP

  • Sheep and Wool CoP

    The Sheep and Wool Cost of production calculator is currently being redeveloped in partnership with AWI.
Animal Health and Nutrition Calculators
Climatic Impact tools
  • Greenhouse Accounting Frameworks

    These tools use the latest Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGGI) method, to predict the magnitude and sources of Greenhouse Gasses emitted from Australia beef or sheep farms.

Predictive Tools
  • BirdCast Scenario Planning Tool

    TBirdCast is a scenario planning tool for biodiversity on farms. Using decades of data on more than sixty birds, BirdCast indicates which birds may live in woodlands on your farm in spring and demonstrates the potential for biodiversity in a range of scenarios.


  • RI Calculator

    The Refrigeration Index (RI) is an index for the log growth of E. coli. It predicts the expected growth of E. coli on meat from temperature and other data.

MSA Index Calculator

Producers can also use the mobile MSA Index calculator to guide decision making by predicting the impact of production changes on the MSA Index.