Research lab


“To provide attractive and quality products through continuous research and development in particular red meat products that will meet the quality, health and lifestyle needs of our consumers.”


Red Meat Research and Development South Africa (RMRD SA) is the service provider.

Allocation of funds is managed through a committee, the Project Committee which oversees all Research Projects for the Red Meat Industry Trust.

The role of the Project Committee is strengthened through 2 working committees.

These are:

The Planning Committee for Pork, populated with researchers and representatives from the Pork industry.

The Planning committee for Beef and Small stock, populated with members from the industry and researchers nominated by universities and research institutions.

Research Institutions 

National Department of Agriculture

Provincial Departments of Agriculture

Institutes of the Agricultural Research Council

All Universities

Agricultural Colleges

BEE status of these institutions is available in the public domain

The Policy is to finance projects from recognised institutions only

Research projects funded by RMRDT and RMRD SA

From initiation to now a total of 99 projects have been financed by RMRD SA  and RMRDT combined

SA Livestock sector is unique in the sense that it is divided into:

60 : 40 – commercial : emerging

Benefit of research is apportioned accordingly:

Some projects are specifically dedicated to the emerging sector, eg.

  • Informal red meat markets
  • Investigate the lower, medium and higher income South African consumer’s perception towards beef & sheep meat
  • Beef offal
  • Sustainability

RMRDT fund

Maintain proportion of initial capital from the various species’ when financing projects for the various sectors as follows:

  • Beef 65.67%
  • Small-stock 15.28%
  • Pork 9.02%
  • Hides, Skins and Leather 10.03%

If more than one “species” are benefiting from the research, funds are allocated proportionally from the funds of the “species” concerned

In shortage of funds from a particular “species fund”, the Planning Committees decides how to fund

Research focus areas for Cattle and Small-stock:

1. Sustainable natural resource utilization

2. Livestock production with global competitiveness

3. Animal health and welfare

4. Animal products, quality and value adding

5. The economics of red meat consumption and production in SA

6. Predation management

7. Livestock theft prevention

Details of Cattle and Small stock research areas are here...

Priority areas for Pork Research are here…

Research Projects

To obtain a complete clickable list of all Research projects which were co-sponsored between the RMRDT and RMRD SA visit Project list on the website...

To go to a searchable database with all projects of the last few years with their Executive Summaries and Popular Articles visit Project Database…

Projects completed during 2018 – download the PDF

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