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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Value Analysis of the Australian Live Sheep Trade
Project Code:  W.LIV.0196

Year Published: 2019

Western Australian sheep farmers are heavily reliant on the live sheep export trade with over 82% of the national trade volume exiting the port of Fremantle over the last five years. Within Western Australia, the live sheep trade represents nearly 30% of their annual sheep and lamb turnoff. As well as providing a selling alternative for surplus sheep, the access to live export becomes critical for Western Australian farmers when the season deteriorates.

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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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Strategies to reduce inanition in sheep
Project Code:  W.LIV.0142

Year Published: 2018

Inappetence, the reduction in or lack of appetite with consequent reduced food intake (Blood and Studdert 1999), has been identified as a problem for sheep in the live export process, as a cause of death from inanition, and because of the association with the development of Salmonella outbreaks and subsequent death of animals. The addition of oats over the pellets did not result in any difference in uptake compared to sheep that were fed pellets alone. Spreading of chaff once per day over the pellets did alter the feeding pattern, and the sheep which were provided with chaff visited the feed troughs more often per day, but for shorter visits, than those given only pellets.

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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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Livestock Global Assurance Program

Project Code: W.LIV.3027
Year Published: 2016

The Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) is a joint research project being conducted by LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia that is focused on developing a global conformity assessment program that protects the welfare of animals and fosters continual improvement and the attainment of best practice.

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