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From the Homestead - CEO's summary of progress

The focus for FY14 is firmly on adoption activities and we are hoping to exceed our obligations in terms of industry impact from the seven-year CRC program. There has been good progress in finalising details for the extension application - the three new program areas and their budgets are well defined and the process of completing the business plan and associated schedules has commenced. To read more from the CEO click here.

Sheep and their management

The Bred Well Fed Well workshops are continuing to be delivered outside the CRC. Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation recently approved additional funding for two more years. Also, the Cereal-Sheep Zone edition of ‘Sheep - the simple guide’ has now been printed. Please contact Janelle Holzberger on 02 6773 2927 if you would like a copy. For more program news click here.

Meat quality program

A meeting involving the genetics and meat science teams including AGBU and Sheep Genetics was organised during February to discuss further analysis of meat traits. Analyses will include the generation of sire solutions for all Information Nucleus sires for many meat science traits including a full correlation matrix. To read more about this program click here.

Wool quality

Testing of lightweight wool knitwear for comfort and handle properties has been available through the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) Melbourne Laboratories from the beginning of April. Both testing systems will also be available in China from mid-May through AWTA’s connection with JinAo. To read more click here.

Information Nucleus and Genomics

The DNA tests have all been allocated in Pilot Project III and the Large Scale Genotyping Project. Most of the blood cards have been received and reporting of RBVs is progressing as planned. A list of questions and issues on "implementation of genomic testing and incorporation into breeding programs" has been collated. This list forms the basis for a workshop with breeders, service providers and geneticists. To read more click here.

Education and Training

The scope of the Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting has been expanded in 2013 to encourage students from disciplines outside the sheep industry. This advertising campaign has been effective and there has was a record intake of over 39 students in Semester 1 2013. For more information about this program click here.

Media Releases/events and workshops

Click here for latest media releases including: Commercial testing underway for Wool ComfortMeter™ and Wool HandleMeter™; ASBVs deliver more profitable Merinos at Tarcutta; Sheep industry maps out future research priorities; Tick of excellence for Sheep CRC governance and Superwhites using genomics to 'Meat' future expectations. For dates and location of workshops and events click here.

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