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Livestock productivity Partnership co-ordinator appointed, new chair needed

by Sheep Central, 12 February 2018

Dr Tom Davison.

SUSTAINABLE livestock systems specialist Dr Tom Davison has been appointed as lead co-ordinator for the Livestock Productivity Partnership.

The LPP is a five-year research and development partnership aimed at boosting livestock productivity and developing new research and development capacity. It is a joint initiative currently involving MLA Donor Company, NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of New England and CSIRO.

MLA said as LPP lead co-ordinator, Dr Davison will drive the expansion of the partnership to broaden the benefits to be delivered to livestock producers.

The goal of the LPP is to contribute to a national increase in productivity improvement in the livestock industry from 1 percent to 2.5pc per annum by developing regional and system-specific feedbase options, and new animal phenotyping and farm management tools, primarily for producers in NSW and southern/central Queensland.

Dr Davison has worked in research management for twenty years across rural research and development corporations, most recently with Meat & Livestock Australia, where he managed large research projects in a portfolio covering feedbase, environment and climate. He is based at the University of New England in Armidale and in Brisbane.

A statement from the LPP Management Committee said that Dr Davison’s extensive experience in managing applied livestock and pasture programs and a focus on collaboration made him well suited to the role.

“Dr Davison brings a strong technical background, a track record in building partnerships with red meat industry stakeholders and experience in developing adoption programs.

He will be a valuable asset to the partnership and will help develop a strong portfolio of research projects and ensure the implementation of effective adoption strategies,” the committee statement said.

Organisations interested in co-investing to meet the objectives of the partnership are invited to contact Dr Davison at [email protected]

The LPP is currently seeking expressions of interest for the position of chair of the Livestock Productivity Partnership Management Committee.

Source: MLA.

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