The major landmark during the last quarter was the launch of the CRC’s new 12k Genotyping test. This new test, launched at a Breeder Workshop held at the end of August, provides similar accuracies achieved with the standard 50k test, but at less than half the cost. There has been strong interest in the 12k test as well as in the parentage/horn test with significant numbers of orders already placed.
The Wool Program continues to have success with the Wool Pilot Project. The aim of this Pilot Project was to determine wool supply chain interest in each of the new wool measurement systems - the Wool HandleMeter and the Wool ComfortMeter. As part of the pilot project the CRC hosted a mini-conference during Wool Week in Melbourne in September. This provided an opportunity for a cross-section of the wool industry to hear first hand from George Shen, of the major Chinese knitting company, Mengdi, and Natalie Skubel of Country Road. The response by industry to the new opportunity for measuring comfort and handle has been very positive.
There has also been further feedback on the new measurement systems following workshops with leading retailers and brand managers in the US and UK. The information provided during the pilot project will be used to develop a commercialisation plan expected to be completed before the end of the year.
As we approach the final stages of the CRC it is increasingly important that we complete the research activities to the point of publishing the results in research journals as well as in forms that are easily accessed and utilised by industry. There are three special edition publications: Animal Production Science, Meat Science and Journal of the Textile Institute that are devoted to documenting the CRC’s main research achievements. The quality of the research papers is impressive, and it is also very satisfying to see the research published in prestigious international journals.
The CRC’s final conference scheduled for 9th July 2014 in Adelaide will provide an important opportunity to report the key results to an industry forum. The focus of the presentations will be to describe the scientific findings in terms of their practical application. With the timing of the conference being just prior to the LambEx event it is anticipated that there will be a good attendance of producers and breeders.
The CRC’s application for a five year extension is through to the final stage of the selection process and we expect to know the outcome by the end of December. If successful, the new program will officially commence in July 2014.
James Rowe, CEO
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