Charles Sturt University (CSU) will be at the forefront of research into animal welfare in livestock production through its role with two national bodies.
Associate Professor Jane Quinn, from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation represents CSU on the steering committee for MLA’s Strategic Partnership for Animal Welfare Research, Development and Adoption.
This partnership between the MLA Donor Company (MDC) and research bodies, including CSU, will be responsible for the investment of $35 million over five years, on a 50:50 basis.
Ten projects have already been funded, including one involving CSU and Elanco Animal Health to investigate feed additives to help cattle adjust to a feedlot.
“CSU and the Graham Centre are focused on delivering meaningful research outcomes for primary industries in our regional footprint,” Professor Quinn said.
“As Australia’s first regional veterinary science program and a leading provider of agricultural science education and research, we have the expertise and capacity to contribute ground-breaking research to improve animal health and welfare.
“The Graham Centre partners with industry to identify research opportunities to support profitable and sustainable sheep and beef enterprises through improved management.”
Professor Quinn is also representing the university on the Australian National Strategic Partnership for Animal Welfare, a government committee that drives change in animal welfare practices in production industries.