Meat & Livestock Australia is conducting the national research project which is looking at suites in New England, Central NSW, the Riverina and southern Victoria. It is in collaboration with UNE, Central Tablelands RPLB, and the Mackinnon Project. The Fred Morley Centre is monitoring four farms in the Riverina. The project has just commenced its third and final year. Results will be available in mid-2015.
Main researchers: Rob Woodgate and Bruce Allworth.
Assisting honours students: Emily Sims, Rebecca Mayne and Elise Walker.
Developing models using AusFarm to assess conditions under which ultrasound pregnancy scanning and the percentage of lucerne on a farm are most profitable. The projects are aimed at both answering specific questions and building modelling capability to answer critical on-farm issues. Jim Virgona and Bruce Allworth, with Rachel Pandur are specifically looking at scanning in prime lamb flocks.
Honours student Chevonne Willis is currently carrying out the 2014 survey. Vet Honours student Hugh Wrigley carried out a survey in 2012.