Agriculture precinct bolsters research in Orange

The signing of an historic agreement between the NSW Government and Charles Sturt University is expected to bolster the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) cutting-edge sheep research programs.

DPI intends refocusing its practical sheep genetics and management research on a site near Charles Sturt University’s Orange campus by moving some of the sheep research flock from the Orange Agricultural Institute at Forest Road.

This effort will complement the university’s involvement in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Future Farm Industries, of which DPI is a major partner.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) spells out both organisations’ intentions to make the site a leading agricultural research and education precinct.

Recently, NSW DPI was announced as a major party in the $130 million, seven-year CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation.

This requires DPI to have more land to undertake new research projects that will benefit the Australian sheep industry.

Utilising land from CSU will allow DPI researchers to undertake their CRC projects on a range of areas including lamb and weaner survival, flock management and genetics.

The MOU represents a partnership between both organisations to ensure that new long-term research initiatives can be undertaken by forming collaborative bonds and utilising shared resources.