R&D Report

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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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National Livestock Export Industry Sheep, Cattle and Goat Transport Performance Report 2014
Project Code:  W.LIV.0288

Year Published: 2015

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 2014.  The report provides a breakdown of mortality trends by ship, species, time of year, load ports and major destinations.

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National Livestock Export Industry Sheep, Cattle and Goat Transport Performance Report 2013
Project Code:  W.LIV.0288

Year Published: 2014

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the performance of the Australian livestock export industry in terms of mortality levels during the 2013 calendar year. The report focuses on cattle, sheep and goats exported by sea and air, as well as providing a breakdown of mortality trends by ship, species, time of year, load ports and major destinations. The overall mortality level for each species continued to decline from the levels recorded in 2012. 

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Antibiotic Medication for the Treatment of Ovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IOK or Pink Eye) in Pre-Export Feedlots
Project Code:  W.LIV.0163

Year Published: 2014

This report investigates the most effective treatments for Infectious ovine keratoconjunctivitis (IOK) or Pink Eye. A number of experiments were conducted to determine the most effective treatment for sheep with differing grades of IOK infection. Treatments that were tested included Oxytetracycline (OTC) delivered in-water, in-feed or by intramuscular injection.

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