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From the Homestead - CEO's Summary of Progress (click here for CEO update)

As our focus continues to move towards delivering CRC outcomes it is important that we keep our research activities as a high priority. It is good to see around 30 scientific papers in preparation. The new RamSelect Workshop has been tested as a prototype and is now being delivered in a number of locations in order to help ram buyers better understand the options for selecting rams suited to their breeding objectives. 

Sheep and their management

This program continues to have a strong presence at industry events. It is also good to see MLA and AWI providing ongoing support for Bred Well Fed Well workshops and the LIfeTime Ewe Management program. CRC papers at LambEx were well received. To read more about this program click here.

Meat quality

A new project is under negotiation that will expand options for assessing lean meat yield and lamb saddles before boning. This system will also be tested as a measure of lean meat yield, meat colour and intramuscular fat as a way of sorting or value adding lamb saddles and other carcase components. To read more about this program click here.

Wool quality

Seven expressions of interest in the “Everwhite” wool technology have been received. Interest has come from wool textile manufacturers in China, Europe, and New Zealand representing some of the biggest names in fabric and yarn manufacturing. The wearer sleeve trial has commenced in Armidale and is going well, with participants more than halfway through the trial. To read more about this program click here.

Information Nucleus

This program continues to run smoothly with data collection and reporting on schedule. Planning is well advanced for two new Genomics Pilot Projects for genotyping and for the parentage / horn-poll test. The pilot projects are expected to commence in August. To read more about this program click here.

Education and training

Industry training activities since June 2009 have totalled 85,905 hours of training to 9,402 individuals. Plans are being put in place for the 2012 Sheep CRC Postgraduate Conference and professional development workshop, with dates and location still to be finalised. To read more about this program click here.

Media Releases

To read the latest media releases including: Common breeding objectives for big productivity gains; Sheep CRC to launch new genomic pilot project for parentage; New research targets top issue for wool industry, plus more click here.


For information on coming events including the Bred Well Fed Well and RamSelect workshops and the Sheep CRC Wool Conference being held in Melbourne during Wool Week, visit our events calendar by clicking here.