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Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
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Predictors of AI Success & Semen Standards

The aim of this project is to comprehensively analyse the impact of both male and female factors on the success of artificial insemination programs in the sheep industry.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    -
    30 Apr 2024

  • Research organisation

    The University of Sydney (USYD)

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Harvest technology Robotics
Research project

Assistive technology in shearing: sensing

The project aims to mitigate the risk of injury to the workforce in sheepshearing and improve the process's productivity. Specifically, it intends to (1) optimize and validate a set of wearable sensors that the shearers can wear to inform the users on the state of fatigue (and the risk of injury) of the users and (2) based on objective data, design and construct a motorised ceiling harness with the appropriate intelligence to vary the amount of support provided while allowing the user to move freely. Conventional harnesses are constructed out of springs, which do not allow a shearer to rest upon it when fatigued completely, require the shearer to pull against it when intending to move and are not capable of adapting the amount of support it provides according to the condition of the user.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Harvest technology Robotics
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    1 Dec 2022 -
    1 Dec 2023

  • Research organisation

    The University of Melbourne

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Research project

Sire Evaluation Link Sires 2022-2025

This project provides strong and robust linkage to all standard sire evaluation sites joining for a 2023, 2024 and 2025 drop. Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA) will oversee the operation of up to 8 sire evaluation sites around Australia. All sites are operated independently and produce results that are specific to each site (Site Reports using within flock raw data, sire adjusted means and flock breeding values). In order for sires entered at different sites to be directly compared (Merino Superior Sires and MERINOSELECT), link sires need to be used across the sites.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    1 Oct 2022 -
    30 Jun 2025

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
Research project

Fit to Lamb Phase 1: Mortality Database

This project is a component of the Sheep Reproduction Strategic Partnership. It is estimated that approximately 6.9 million lamb and 367,500 ewe deaths per year are attributable to dystocia. Gaps in available data mean that current sheep management and selection recommendations related to dystocia are based on limited evidence. Phase one will re-analyse pooled data and will identify known and potential risk factors for different causes of death in lambs, including dystocia. This will inform recommendations for management and selection strategies specific to ewe age, lamb birth type, breed and production environments.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
  • Project date

    9 Aug 2022 -
    30 Mar 2025

  • Research organisation

    Murdoch University

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Machinery & hardware
Research project

SA Wild Dog Coordinator Supplement 21-22 Fencing

Additional coordination capacity in wild dog management in South Australia (SA), at a state-wide level will deliver: Supplementary funding to …

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Machinery & hardware
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2022 -
    30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cotton Cross industry Dairy Eggs Essential oils Forestry Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Oilseeds Pasture, fodder & feed Pork Poultry Pulse grains Sheep & lamb Sugar Vegetables Wild catch fisheries Wine Wool
Machinery & hardware
Research project

AIA Agri Climate Outlooks

Agri-Climate Outlooks will enhance seasonal outlook services and provide relevant, interpretable products and services to support better decision making and greater resilience for Australian farmers, fishers, and foresters.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cotton Cross industry Dairy Eggs Essential oils Forestry Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Oilseeds Pasture, fodder & feed Pork Poultry Pulse grains Sheep & lamb Sugar Vegetables Wild catch fisheries Wine Wool
Machinery & hardware
  • Project date

    30 Jun 2022 -
    31 Dec 2026

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Harvest technology
Research project

Next generation wool harvesting

This project will explore the potential for developing an alternative to conventional shearing through R&D directed towards a novel approach, based on delivering a product by feed or injection, which creates a weakened zone in the fleece. The fleece can then be removed by unskilled labour or an automated high-throughput system. If successful, this project will revolutionise wool harvesting, by improving wool quality, eliminating shearer injuries, allowing producers to decide harvesting time, harvesting small numbers of sheep and improving sheep welfare.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Harvest technology
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    30 Jun 2022 -
    30 Jun 2025

  • Research organisation

    The University of Adelaide (UA)

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
Research project
Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    28 Jun 2022 -
    1 Feb 2023

  • Research organisation

    The University of Western Australia (UWA)

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
Research project
Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    16 Jun 2022 -
    30 Jun 2024

  • Research organisations

    New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland (UQ)

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Traceability
Research project

Zondii On farm Wool Classing

Using patented scientific technology the project aims to enable producers to scan wool in-shed and detect micron, colour and crimp of the wool, by creating machine learning models accessed by affordable non-connected devices. This project will benefit the producer by providing real time wool test results cheaper and quicker than current laboratory options, allowing more sheep to be tested.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Traceability
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    31 May 2022 -
    30 Jun 2022

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Cereal grains Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Research project

Facilitating Technology Solutions for Hilltops Farmers

This project will support producers on their agtech journey by providing a range of technology access solutions, contextualised to the …

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Cereal grains Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    15 May 2022 -
    15 May 2023

  • Research organisation

    Harden Murrumburrah Landcare Group

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
Research project

Moving to a Non-Mulesed Enterpirse

This project is drawing on existing information to develop a one-day workshop (StrateFly) , training for advisors (AmpliFly) and associated resources for woolgrowers focused on building awareness and support for woolgrowers planning to move to a non-mulesed enterprise.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    11 Mar 2022 -
    30 Jun 2023

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Cereal grains Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Input management Plant science
Research project

PDS: Improved Pasture Management Systems

This project aims to improve the pasture management systems implemented in the upper north of South Australia, by promoting better pasture options that improve the mixed farming enterprise; and demonstrating that an improved understanding of Food On Offer, including feed budgeting and the use of remote sensing pasture assessment tools, will improve overall productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Cereal grains Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Input management Plant science
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Jan 2022 -
    15 Sep 2025

  • Research organisation

    Upper North Farming Systems

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Plant science
Research project

PDS: Feeding Grain on Grass

This project will fund a demonstration site for producers in central west and northern New South Wales, to demonstrate the benefits of using forage and grain feed tests to develop a grain ration to supplement livestock that are grazing forage crops. Supplementary feeding increases liveweight gain and enables improved production efficiency and increased profitability.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Plant science
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Jan 2022 -
    20 May 2025

  • Research organisation

    New South Wales Local Land Services (NSW LLS)

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Plant science
Research project

Pasture Monitoring in the Rangelands

The Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) funded by this project aims to demonstrate that routine monitoring and management of key pasture species can boost the productivity of rangelands livestock businesses. The project will engage 5 core producers and 15 observer producers responsible for managing 700,000ha, 140,000 sheep and 2,500 cattle.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Plant science
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    20 Dec 2021 -
    27 Aug 2027

  • Research organisation

    New South Wales Local Land Services (NSW LLS)

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology E-commerce & market platforms
Research project

Project Proof

Animal health and welfare is a key issue for the Australian red meat and wool industries. Project Proof is a proposed biennial/triennial national tracking study designed to benchmark on-farm animal health and welfare and measure performance trends over time.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology E-commerce & market platforms
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    10 Dec 2021 -
    30 Dec 2022

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
Research project

Best Practice Management of Non-mulesed Sheep

This project funds a Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) to demonstrate best management practice of a non-mulesed flock, using available tools and management strategies, to mitigate the effect of flystrike on flock production and profitability.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Animal technology
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    30 Nov 2021 -
    20 Aug 2026

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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation
Research project

PDS: Effective Rangeland EID Decision Making Systems

This project supports a Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) to show how the use of individual animal identification can contribute to improved profitability, productivity and sustainability in rangeland sheep enterprises. An Electronic Identification (EID) system that measures the individual animal can provide data to inform decision making for the whole flock.

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    20 Nov 2021 -
    15 Jul 2025

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Input management Plant science
Research project

Profitable Grazing Systems Package Development - Editing and Design

Profitable Grazing Systems (PGS) takes small groups of like-minded producers who want to improve their whole-farm performance and matches them with a deliverer who builds their knowledge, skills and experience through hands-on training. This project funds final stage editing, design and proofreading of the latest Profitable Grazing Systems packages and associated materials, along with updates to the Profitable Grazing Systems producer and deliverer guidebooks. All editing and design will be consistent with Meat & Livestock Australia's (MLA) branding and style guidelines.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Input management Plant science
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    20 Nov 2021 -
    23 Jun 2023

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Dairy Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Plant science
Research project

Testing Tropicals - NSW Southern Slopes

This project will fund a Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) featuring tropical and sub-tropical pasture species in production systems on the southern slopes of New South Wales. Producers will be able to compare these species to current summer feed options (e.g. lucerne and summer-active perennials), and work out what management adaptations would be necessary to successfully incorporate these species.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Dairy Pasture, fodder & feed Sheep & lamb Wool
Plant science
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    10 Nov 2021 -
    1 Jun 2027

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