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By Country News

Flystrike research, animal welfare and profitability constraints to wool production will be all under the spotlight when growers from across the nation gather for the MerinoLink conference on June 19.

Held at the Armidale Bowling Club from 8.30am to 4.30pm, the conference will be followed by a Merino Link-Merino Lifetime Productivity Project field day on June 20 at the CSIRO in Armidale, showcasing on-farm data collection for improving productivity.

Conference co-ordinator Carmen Thackeray said all members of the wool and sheep meat supply chain were welcome, with the conference aimed at providing the latest in industry information and research.

Ms Thackeray said commercial producers would hear how MerinoLink research outcomes could be incorporated into their enterprise to lift profitability.

The event will include the official producer launch of the humane lamb castration technology, Numnuts, by founder and inventor Robin Smith.

Ms Thackeray said another feature would be the Hour of Power, a fast-paced informative session presented by nine young researchers and innovators, aged 18 to 30 years, from across Australia.

Their topics cover the use of sensors on lambing ewes, virtual fencing, sheep grazing preference for tall fescue cultivars, supplementation of twin-bearing ewes and on-line wool sales.

Delegates will hear an update on flystrike research and development from Australian Wool Innovation program manager Bridget Peachey.

Concluding the conference will be Neil Finlay, from NAB, on financing young people into agribusiness, and MLA’s development and innovation research general manager Sean Starling addressing synthetic meat.

■To register for the MerinoLink conference and field day go to: or email: conference@