Some 38 organisations, covering the full length of the sheep supply chain, have supported an extension of the highly successful Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC). The Sheep CRC is entering its final year ready to reach – and in many cases exceed – the objectives set by the Commonwealth in 2007 for its seven current research programs.
“The current Sheep CRC is delivering on all of its research objectives, some of which are already resulting in significant productivity benefits to industry,” Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said. “We now want to take this work to the next level continuing the technological transformation of the sheep industry by supporting an application to extend the life of the Sheep CRC by another five years.
“An extension application lodged with the Federal Government, has been successful. This application outlined plans to enhance monitoring and management of sheep wellbeing, introduce value-based trading of sheepmeat, and deliver affordable DNA-based genetic tools".
“The importance of meeting these challenges has been recognised by all levels of industry, with sheep breeders, commercial producers, processors, service providers, supermarkets and research agencies all committing significant resources to the plan. This is the most comprehensive group that has ever been assembled to work cooperatively to shape and deliver a livestock research and development program with whole-of-industry benefits.”
The CRC interview team met with the review panel in Canberra on 11th November and the successful outcome of the CRC application was announced on 21 February 2014 confirming that the Sheep CRC would receive funding for the period 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2019.
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