Tag: Research

Australian wool growers opt for status quo on AWI board

AUSTRALIAN wool growers have retained the current board of their research, development and marketing company with one change – the election of a new candidate, retail general manager Georgia Hack. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool growers opt for status quo on AWI board

Is industry better served directing future R&D dollars on farm, or post farmgate?

An industry debate being held in Brisbane next Tuesday morning will tackle one of the perennial challenges for R&D investment – do we achieve more by investing on-farm or off-farm to ensure the long-term viability of Australia’s beef industry? Source: Beef Central Is industry better served directing future R&D dollars on farm, or post… Read more »

NZ research refines sheep methane selection value

NEW Zealand researchers believe selection and breeding of low methane-emitting sheep can make a substantial contribution to mitigation of the greenhouse gas at a low cost to industry. Source: Sheep Central NZ research refines sheep methane selection value

Greenhouse gas emissions lift parthenium toxin levels: Research

International research has revealed rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have increased the toxicity of parthenium weed, which may also have contributed to the spread of the invasive weed in Australia, Africa and Asia. Source: Beef Central Greenhouse gas emissions lift parthenium toxin levels: Research

Wet season spelling encouraged with widespread Mitchell grass death

With years of drought across Northern Australia, the state of one of the area’s most productive pastures has been causing concern among producers and researchers. Source: Beef Central Wet season spelling encouraged with widespread Mitchell grass death

Drink beer, eat beef, save the world

A unique research collaboration between a brewery and the red meat industry is helping to highlight the potential role both beer and beef can play in achieving carbon neutrality targets. Source: Beef Central Drink beer, eat beef, save the world

Selection for tick resistance has long history

A recent Beef Central genetics article about a multi-nation research study flagging the ‘feasibility’ of breeding strong tick resistance into all cattle breeds has attracted a response from one of Australia’s pioneers of cattle selection for tick resistance, who worked on the topic as far back as the mid-1970s. Source: Beef Central Selection for… Read more »

AWI flystrike investment welcomed by HSI and RSPCA

ANIMAL protection charity Humane Society International and RSPCA Australia have welcomed Australian Wool Innovation’s $950,000 commitment to more sheep flystrike resistance genetic research and extension. Source: Sheep Central AWI flystrike investment welcomed by HSI and RSPCA

Research generates dual-purpose Merino resources

RESEARCH is helping Merino producers diversify their business to meet consumer demands, improve wool production and quality while delivering premium value lamb cuts, according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. Source: Sheep Central Research generates dual-purpose Merino resources

Report finds weather played significant role 2019-20 fires

NEW research has found the 2019-20 black summer bushfires were driven by a complex interaction between the fire and the atmosphere. Led by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Bushfire… Source: Beef Central Report finds weather played significant role 2019-20 fires

Affluence for Lotfeeders in “landmark” truck effluent study

A new study has found the amount of feed cattle consume at the back end of the lotfeeding process could have a significant impact on profit. But there was the potential to spill more effluent on long truck journeys. Source: Beef Central Affluence for Lotfeeders in “landmark” truck effluent study

Pasture predictions aiming to make grazing more efficient

A University of Melbourne researcher says a pasture prediction program in Victoria could help with grazing efficiency across the country. Source: Beef Central Pasture predictions aiming to make grazing more efficient

Scientists look at new plant-based proteins

New research from the University of Queensland could soon see the plant-based protein market booming. Scientists are looking at ways to produce plant-based foods that would get even the most ardent meat lover’s mouth watering. Kirrin McKechnie reports. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Scientists look at new plant-based proteins

Research aims to make plant protein alternatives more ‘meat like’

For many consumers, nothing beats the taste and texture of a big juicy burger – but how do manufacturers recreate that eating experience with plant-based protein alternatives? That is the culinary quest university engineers and food scientists are undertaking as part of a three-year Australian Research Council project Source: Beef Central Research aims to… Read more »

GRDC, CRDC collaborate to drive agricultural investment, innovation

The GRDC and CRDC have facilitated two new Business Research and Innovation Initiatives to address some of the biggest challenges facing Australian agriculture. Source: Grain Central GRDC, CRDC collaborate to drive agricultural investment, innovation

Lessons to be learnt from new dog research

Working dog breeders and trainers say lessons can be learnt from new research finding a direct correlation between human emotions and a dog’s behaviour. Sheep Central has spoken to three trainers to hear their perspectives on the research. Source: Sheep Central Lessons to be learnt from new dog research

SALRC appoints chairs and new sheep and beef producer members to regional committees

The Southern Australia Livestock Research Council has appointed new regional chairs for its Northern NSW and Central & Western NSW/QLD sheepmeat regional committees and appointed a number of new producer members on its regional committees. Source: Sheep Central SALRC appoints chairs and new sheep and beef producer members to regional committees

Can golden rice prove agricultural science has a role in ending malnutrition?

A controversial program to genetically engineer ‘golden’ rice to reduce vitamin A deficiency has passed a major hurdle, but sceptics of biofortified foods remain wary. Source: ABC Grain Can golden rice prove agricultural science has a role in ending malnutrition?

New AgTech to measure meat quality in lamb  

A team of medical engineers and livestock researchers has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to develop a stainless-steel needle fitted with a tiny camera to provide an instant, high-resolution scan of intramuscular fat in lamb carcases. Source: Sheep Central New AgTech to measure meat quality in lamb  

Defining sheep wellbeing is focus of top livestock researcher

DEFINING objective measures for livestock and their products should be major foci of Australia’s agricultural research sector, according to University of Adelaide researcher Dr Wayne Pitchford. Source: Sheep Central Defining sheep wellbeing is focus of top livestock researcher

LiveCorp defends New England Merino use in live export trials

LIVECORP has defended early research trials into the impacts of sheep and cattle stocking densities during live export despite criticism they were not replicating conditions on vessels. Source: Sheep Central LiveCorp defends New England Merino use in live export trials

NT ag supply chains explored in new project

DARWIN’S Berrimah Export Yards, a modern centrepiece of the northern cattle export supply chain, provided a pertinent backdrop for the launch of a new northern agricultural supply chain research project last Thursday. Source: Beef Central NT ag supply chains explored in new project

Call for more livestock research and development spending

NEW South Wales wool grower Grant Burbidge has called for more levy spending on research and development after winning the producer section in the 2021 Southern Australia Livestock Research Council awards last week. Source: Sheep Central Call for more livestock research and development spending

Red meat R&D: Advancing red meat sustainability

The Australian Meat Processor Corporation has a strong sustainability agenda and has highlighted a recent study that shows meat processing plants produce zero food waste. AMPC has also recently launched two services to help its members apply for sustainability grants and assess solar energy options. Source: Beef Central Red meat R&D: Advancing red meat… Read more »

Registrations open for Daly Waters Beefup Forum

Northern Territory beef and live export industry stakeholders will have the chance to catch up on latest research and technology outcomes relevant to their region at a BeefUp Forum planned for Daly Waters on the Barkly Tableland in November. Source: Beef Central Registrations open for Daly Waters Beefup Forum

$1.2 million to prevent future pandemics of animal origin

$1.2 million has been given to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to reduce risk of future zoonotic pandemics at their source in animals. Source: Beef Central .2 million to prevent future pandemics of animal origin

ABARES forecasts record winter crop production

Improved yield outlooks for Australian wheat, barley and canola have lifted national production prospects by up to 20pc from June figures, according to the latest ABARES data. Source: Beef Central ABARES forecasts record winter crop production

ABARES forecasts 32.6Mt wheat, 12.5Mt barley, 5Mt canola

Improved yield outlooks for Australian wheat, barley and canola have lifted national production prospects by up to 20pc from June figures, according to the latest ABARES data. Source: Grain Central ABARES forecasts 32.6Mt wheat, 12.5Mt barley, 5Mt canola

Record canola underpins potential 54.8Mt winter crop: ABARES

Australian winter crops are set for another bumper year with favourable conditions and a record amount of land sown to winter crops, according to ABARES’ Australian Crop Report released today. Source: Grain Central Record canola underpins potential 54.8Mt winter crop: ABARES

New research hub to develop next-gen smart fertilisers

A new multidisciplinary Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Smart Fertilisers at the University of Melbourne will develop a new class of fertilisers and inhibitors for Australian farmers. Source: Grain Central New research hub to develop next-gen smart fertilisers

Southern Australia Livestock Research Council awards go online

RECIPIENTS of the prestigious Southern Australia Livestock Research Council awards for 2021 will be revealed at an online event on 15 September. Source: Sheep Central Southern Australia Livestock Research Council awards go online

Red meat sector’s carbon plan is a plus with consumers

AUSTRALIA’S red meat sector can win consumer support by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, recent Meat & Livestock Australia research has indicated. Source: Sheep Central Red meat sector’s carbon plan is a plus with consumers

New research shows Australians value farmers and the health benefits of red meat

Health and nutrition are the main reasons for people wanting to eat more red meat, with protein and iron being the key factors, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest consumer sentiment research. Source: Beef Central New research shows Australians value farmers and the health benefits of red meat

Monitoring mealybugs part of best-practice management for dieback

Where there is pasture dieback, there are usually mealybugs. That’s the message from QUT researchers who are investigating the pasture mealybug, Heliococcus summervillei, as a causal agent of dieback. Lead researcher, associate professor Caroline Hauxwell delivered a webinar on the topic as part of MLA’s Productivity & Profitability series on Wednesday. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Researchers find evidence of pain in cells of livestock

New studies show pain does more than hurt livestock, it can change their bodies at a cellular level, just like it does in humans.  Source: ABC Livestock Researchers find evidence of pain in cells of livestock