R&D Report

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Vessel heat stress technology trial
Project Code:  Vessel heat stress technology trial - dehumidification report
Vessel heat stress technology trial - literature review

Year Published: 2019

In 2018, LiveCorp began a project to explore technologies that could reduce the risk of hot and humid conditions on livestock transport ships. With funding from the Australian Government, LiveCorp initiated a trial in 2019 to assess commercial dehumidification equipment under realistic livestock export operating conditions - the first field study conducted of its kind.

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Eye disease in cattle on long-haul voyages
Project Code:  W.LIV.0181

Year Published: 2019

​This research was commissioned after anecdotal reports from veterinarians and exporters working in the cattle live exports supply chain of sporadic, severe outbreaks of eye disease in cohorts of Bos taurus cattle destined for long-haul shipping to Russia or China. Outbreaks occurred in pre-export quarantine, on board the vessels or during post-arrival quarantine. Eyes were often so severely affected that it resulted in the loss of the animal. The costs associated with treatment and loss of animals suitable for sale was significant. 

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Alternative Options to Power Captive Bolt Devices for Cattle
Project Code:  W.LIV.3045

Year Published: 2019

Gunpowder-powered captive bolts for humane slaughter may be problematic in some countries where gun laws limit access to gunpowder charges. An alternative power source for portable, hand-held and single-operator captive bolts suitable for use on large animals such as cattle may allow ongoing use of stunning in these markets if a low-cost alternative can be developed.

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National Livestock Export Industry Sheep, Cattle and Goat Transport Performance Report 2017
Project Code:  W.LIV.0297

Year Published: 2018

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the performance of the livestock export industry in terms of mortality rates of sheep, cattle and goats exported by sea and air from Australia during 2017. The report provides a breakdown of mortality trends by ship, species, time of year, load ports and major destinations.

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Value Analysis of the Australian Live Cattle Trade - Key Highlights
Project Code:  W.LIV.0196

Year Published: 2018

In the last thirty years, the Australian live cattle export trade has established itself as an important component of the overall Australian cattle market - providing jobs for regional Australians, sustaining farm land values and supporting cattle prices through additional buying competition, particularly during times of drought. This report takes an in-depth look at the inherent value in the trade across industry, regions and the various cattle sectors.

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National Livestock Export Industry Sheep, Cattle and Goat Transport Performance Report 2016
Project Code:  W.LIV.0291

Year Published: 2017

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the performance of the livestock export industry in terms of mortality levels of sheep, cattle and goats exported by sea and air from Australia during 2016.  The report provides a breakdown of mortality trends by ship, species, time of year, load ports and major destinations.

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Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Australian Livestock Export Industry
Project Code:  W.LIV.0189

Year Published: 2017

The project was initiated to provide a detailed analysis of Australia’s livestock export industry and involved a broad-ranging review of the competitiveness of Australia’s livestock export sector.  The project identified strategies that will assist and improve that competitiveness in response to growing competition in many international livestock markets. 

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Development and Assessment of Livestock Welfare Indicators
Project Code:  W.LIV.3032

Year Published: 2017

There is significant public interest in the Australian live export industry, and a need to develop a program that can measure and monitor animal welfare throughout the supply chain.

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Bedding Management and Air Quality on Livestock Vessels - A Literature Review
Project Code:  W.LIV.0290

Year Published: 2016

This review looks at the research studies conducted over the past 15 years into air quality and bedding management for improving environmental conditions on livestock vessels. 

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National Livestock Export Industry Sheep, Cattle and Goat Transport Performance Report 2015
Project Code:  W.LIV.0291

Year Published: 2016

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the performance of the livestock export industry in terms of mortality levels of sheep, cattle and goats exported by sea and air from Australia during 2015.  The report provides a breakdown of mortality trends by ship, species, time of year, load ports and major destinations.

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