CEO update - CRC extension application successful!

The Commonwealth Department of Industry recently informed the Sheep CRC that funding for its extension application has been approved, to support  activities from 2014 through to 2019. This is great news for the sheep industry and would not have happened without the commitment of all organisations to work together to deliver the ambitious goals defined in the application.

The current CRC still has to wind-up existing programs and report back to the Commonwealth on achievements over the last seven years. We have been most fortunate to have delivered all Outcomes that we committed to when we executed the Commonwealth Agreement in 2007.

One of the key factors in the success of the CRC has been industry’s engagement. The Information Nucleus program stands out as an example where breeders throughout Australia provided semen from the best young industry sires and then actively provided feedback throughout the data collection process. There has also been consistent engagement by producers and breeders in all CRC pilot projects, training programs and research activities. The contribution of meat processors has been an important feature of the Meat Program.  The advantage of a CRC program bringing together a broad cross-section of researchers and industry groups to work together on well defined “big ticket” opportunities has certainly been well demonstrated over the last seven years.

The next major event for the CRC is the wind-up conference that will be held in Adelaide on 9 July 2014 – just before LambEx. The conference will focus on providing practical, take home messages for breeders, producers and companies in the meat and wool supply chains.  The conference proceedings will be in the form of a series of new “Practical Wisdom” notes designed to provide clear guidelines on how to use new information created during the CRC. There will also be a session on planning for the next five years.

We hope to see you in Adelaide. Please consult the CRC’s website for more information.

James Rowe, CEO


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RSVP to Robert Harris on 02 6939 5011 or via email to robert.a.harris@tafensw.edu.au

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RSVP to Robert Harris on 02 6939 5011 or via email to robert.a.harris@tafensw.edu.au

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For further information email srs@wellingtonbusinessservices.com.au

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