Fund injection for ewe, lamb research

Zach RelphCountryman
Zoe and Travis Allington.
Camera IconZoe and Travis Allington. Credit: Cally Dupe

A South West agricultural innovator has been boosted by a Federal Government shot in the arm, receiving a bursary to study into ewe behaviour and lamb survival correlation.

Former Murdoch University researcher Travis Allington was announced as one of 14 recipients of the Morrison Government’s $330,000 science and innovation awards last Wednesday.

Mr Allington, who is based in Dardanup, was awarded the cash for his project applying sensor technologies to understand the effects of ewe behaviour on multiple-born lambs’ survival rates.

He grew up on a grain and sheep farm at Eneabba, 140km south of Geraldton, which his parents sold when he was 18.

After studying agricultural science at UWA, Mr Allington worked at Murdoch University and the former Department of Agriculture. He now runs Merino sheep in the South West, with his partner Zoe Allington.

The science awards were presented at a gala dinner as part of this year’s ABARES Outlook conference in Canberra this week.

Applicants Australia-wide vie for the funding, with recipients selected based on merit by each of the sector research development corporations.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said that the funding would help the 14 researchers achieve their goals.

“These innovators are the ones who’ll keep Australian agriculture at the cutting edge,” he said.

“These are innovative and practical ideas that will make farm businesses more efficient and provide greater protection against biosecurity threats.”

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