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Red Meat Research & Development SA

Welcome to the website of the Red Meat Research and Development South Africa or the RMRD SA. If you are interested in the latest research on Red Meat or wish to apply for funding for a research project within the Red Meat industry in South Africa, then you have come to the right place.

Over the years various valuable research projects have been funded by the RMDSA. Research covers a vast number of focus areas with different priorities. The RMRD SA mission and funding policy, is set out here. The mission for Cattle and Small Stock can be find here and the mission and focus areas for PORK is set out here.  If you are interested in past research or literature studies then go to the Projects Section Here you will be find a list of recent projects as well as historical projects. You can download an executive summary for recent projects funded by the RMRDSA.

Research proposals and protocols are evaluated and prioritized, according to Research Focus Areas, by either of the two planning committees-

Red Meat Research and Development South Africa Cattle and Small Stock

Red Meat Research and Development South Africa Pork

The RMRD SA planning committees in turn recommends projects for funding to the Project Committee who gives the final go-ahead for funding. The process of approval may take up to 4 months if all runs smoothly. In some cases this may take longer depending on whether changes are requested to the proposal. 

All the committees are compiled from representatives of the relevant industries and from researchers nominated representing the recognized research institutions and universities. Subject Working Groups (SWGs) one per Research Focus Area, support the Planning committees in decision making and evaluation all through the lifetime of a project. The SWGs consists of specialists in their own respective field who are best qualified to perform this important task. To understand how all these elements fit together, and who are on the committees look at this section Research Structures.

Please contact us if you cannot find the information you require. Alternatively, for more information about the industry and links to our industry partners visit our page on the Red Meat Industry website

Please note it is a prerequisite that the research must be applicable to the red meat industry. There are many other organisations who provide funding for non red meat industry research.

Updated  May18

Cattle & Small Stock Focus Areas