Livestock Industries Centre, Armidale

The Livestock Industries Centre is focused on improving the profitability and sustainability of extensive livestock industries in NSW. It is the hub of NSW Department of Primary Industry’s beef and sheep industry research and development services.

Located on the campus of University of New England (UNE), Armidale, the Centre has close links and collaborative programs with other state departments, and industry organisations throughout NSW and Australia.

As part of a significant investment in world class research and development (R&D), NSW DPI has formed a strong collaborative funding framework with CSIRO, UNE & MLA, known as the Livestock Productivity Partnership (LPP) which runs to 2022.

Collecting methane gas for abatement study

The Centre has joint animal houses and laboratory facilities with the University of New England, with world-class equipment for meat science, cell biology, molecular genetics and methane abatement studies. The university also hosts the commercial providers of genetic evaluation (BREEDPLAN and Sheep Genetics) and research (Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit in which NSW DPI is a joint venture partner alongside UNE).

The Centre works closely with other state wide NSW DPI Research Centres (e.g. Glen Innes, Trangie) and other research providers and industry co-operators for the breeding and production of livestock involved in various research projects.

The Livestock Industries Centre Industries has world leading expertise in livestock genetics, ruminant nutrition, meat quality, animal physiology, economics and technology transfer.

Key technologies being developed at the Centre include quantitative genetics, muscle and fat biology, meat quality, feed conversion efficiency, greenhouse gas measurement and abatement, economic analysis, and decision support systems.

Current research

Retail Beef Yield

Our work here is helping contribute more accurate information in the key profit driver retail beef yield.

Objective Live Animal Assessment

Our work addresses the industry issue of cattle failing to meet market specifications. The project aims to develop a system using 3D cameras on live cattle to assess hip height (cm), P8 fat (mm) and muscle score, in real-time, exploiting machine learning (ML) and statistical techniques applied on 3D images.

Genetics

Our work in this area is helping towards maximising the effectiveness and value of genetic improvement tools.

Ruminant Nutrition

Our work establishes ways to improve nutrient supply to and utilisation by animals to improve productivity, match the needs of new genotypes, better meet market specifications and minimise adverse environmental impacts.

The Centre was established in 1996 on the campus of the University of New England to capitalise on the investment of NSW DPI in the Beef CRC and strengthen ties with the research programs of the university.

Armidale is located on the New England Plateau in northern New South Wales about midway between Sydney and Brisbane at an altitude ranging from 970 metres at the floor of the valley to 1070 metres above sea level at the crests of the hills. It has a cool temperate climate with the majority of rain falling in the summer months. Winters are dry, cold and frosty with the occasional snowfall. Summer days are warm but nights are usually cool. Average annual rainfall is 788 millimetres.

LocationContact

Livestock Industries Centre
JFS Barker Building
University of New England
Trevanna Rd
ARMIDALE NSW 2350

Phone: 02 6770 1800

International: +61 2 6770 1800

Fax: 02 6770 1830

Email: Admin.ALIC@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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