About the Sheep CRC

The major challenge of the Sheep CRC is to continue the technological transformation of the Australian sheep industry through the use of cutting edge research, to enhance sheep wellbeing, introduce value-based trading of sheepmeat and deliver affordable technologies for DNA-based genetic improvement.

Some 38 organisations, covering the full length of the sheep supply chain, supported an extension of the highly successful Sheep CRC. The Sheep CRC exceeded the objectives set by the Commonwealth for its seven year research program which ended on 30 June 2014. An extension application was lodged with the Federal Government and was successful in gaining funding for a further 5 years from 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2019. 

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.

To read the latest CEO update and to find out the latest information about each of the three research programs  click here.


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Lethal sheep genes targeted in full genome sequencing Monday 20th of October 2014
Lethal sheep genes targeted in full genome sequencing Monday 20th of October 2014
Full sequence genotype testing of a select research flock is hoped to deliver significant improvements to the reproductive performance of the national ewe flock through the identification of lethal genetic mutations. Gene mutations can prevent an embryo from fully forming and therefore reduce conception rates in a flock. Through its genomic sequencing research, the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation...

John Keniry leaves legacy of success at Sheep CRC Wednesday 1st of October 2014
John Keniry leaves legacy of success at Sheep CRC Wednesday 1st of October 2014
Sheep industry stalwart John Keniry this week leaves his post as chairman of the Sheep CRC, leaving behind him an organisation that has delivered transformative technology which will drive productivity in the industry for years to come.

Targeted treatment could cut worm control costs Thursday 25th of September 2014
Targeted treatment could cut worm control costs Thursday 25th of September 2014
New strategies for targeted treatment to control scour worms in sheep are being developed in order to avoid drench resistance.

International research community interested in CRC approach to sheep wellbeing Thursday 11th of September 2014
International research community interested in CRC approach to sheep wellbeing Thursday 11th of September 2014
The international research community is showing interest in a new Australian sheep wellbeing program that has the goal of predicting which individual animals in a flock may be at risk.

Foundations for future sheep research on file at Livestock Library Tuesday 2nd of September 2014
Foundations for future sheep research on file at Livestock Library Tuesday 2nd of September 2014
The academic foundations of future sheep research projects are now on file in perpetuity, with detailed research papers from the Sheep CRC to be permanently housed on the Livestock Library.

RamSelect workshop - Lardner (VIC) Tuesday 28th of October

RSVP by 22nd October to RogerTrewick, Pepperton on 0428 326 190 or via email to peplperton@bigpond.net.au or to Kevin White on 0428 574 777 or via email to kewhite@gotafe.vic.edu.au

RamSelect workshop - Lardner (VIC) Tuesday 28th of October
Rams are purchased on one day of the year, however their effect on your flock continues for many years. Making sure you buy the right genes for production, quality and disease resistance ensures the ram you choose is a wise investment.

Using eID for Sheep Management & Breeding workshop - Clare (SA) Tuesday 28th to Wednesday 29th of October 2014
Using eID for Sheep Management & Breeding workshop - Clare (SA) Tuesday 28th to Wednesday 29th of October 2014
This is a vital workshop for sheep producers interested in electronic identification (eID). This course is a great opportunity to gain practical skills through interaction with industry experts. This knowledge is immediately applicable and will generate long term benefits for your business.

Sheep CRC Postgraduate Conference - Manly (NSW) Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th of November 2014

For enquiries contact Dr Graham Gardner, Murdoch University on 08 9360 2264 or via email to g.gardner@murdoch.edu.au

Sheep CRC Postgraduate Conference - Manly (NSW) Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th of November 2014
The Sheep CRC Postgraduate conference will be held from 3rd - 6th November at Manly Q-Station.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas from all at the Sheep CRC Thursday 25th of December
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas from all at the Sheep CRC Thursday 25th of December
The Board and Management would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Christmas.

RamSelect workshop - Jilakin (WA) Tuesday 17th of February

This workshop will be hosted by Sara and Keith Wilson at Jilakin Downs Dorper and White Dorper Stud (download flyer for details).

RSVP by Meghan Cornelius at DAFWA Katanning on 08 9821 3250 / 0477 748 430 or via email to meghan.cornelius@agric.wa.gov.au

RamSelect workshop - Jilakin (WA) Tuesday 17th of February
RamSelect - a practical one day workshop building confidence to select rams for all breeds; define your breeding objective; assess rams using figures and visual assessment; prepare for the auction or selection day and invest in rams for production and profit.


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