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Research Programs Overview

The goal of the Sheep CRC is to move the sheep industry from its recent 0.6% annual gain in productivity to a 3-5% annual gain for it to match and even surpass industries such as cropping and cattle production. The Sheep CRC is working towards this goal by drawing together key scientists and industry specialists from across Australia to address select issues within four research areas.

Key Research Areas:

Sheep & their management

Making sheep businesses more profitable and sustainable by addressing the key issues of:

  • Labour efficiency
  • Reproductive efficiency
  • Parasite control
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Meat Quality

Increase the profitability of the sheep meat sector by:

  • Increasing the lean meat yield of sheep
  • Raising consumer demand by building on lamb’s key virtues of eating quality to include human nutritional benefits

Wool Quality

Developing new markets for Australian apparel wool by:

  • Delivering the tools to guarantee next-to-skin comfort and handle of knitted fabrics and garments
  • Improving the whiteness and photostability attributes of Australian wool

Information Nucleus

A world first innovation for sheep, the Information Nucleus will provide:

  • New information about traits and their use to accelerate genetic gain in the sheep industry
  • Linkage between three core research programs of the Sheep CRC