The Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) has again been recognised for its exceptional work in the area of genetic improvement for the sheep industry for its Information Nucleus Program. It was awarded an Inaugural Australian Collaborative Innovation Award, presented at an awards dinner at the Cooperative Research Centres Association of Australia (CRCA) Conference on 16th May in Adelaide in the category rewarding significant innovation in the area of Agriculture and Food. CEO of the Sheep CRC, Professor James Rowe, said the Information Nucleus program was central to the Sheep CRC’s portfolio and the success was due to collaboration with a large number of industry partners, including Sheep Genetics, which delivers genetic evaluation and improvement services to the Australian sheep industry.
“Collaboration with industry has been a key element in the success of the Information Nucleus to date. There are more than 75 researchers and 18 organisations involved in this project across the country,” Prof. Rowe said.
“This award is a credit to all the partner organisations who have been involved in this far reaching project, including our CRC participants, Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, and the five research organisations which have provided and managed the research flocks (NSW DPI, University of New England, DPI Victoria, SARDI and DAFWA).”
Chair of the CRCA, Hon. Tony Staley AO, described the level of collaboration between researchers, industry organisations and producers as “fantastic”.
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