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New era in livestock research

CSIRO : 01 October, 2002  (Technical Article)
CSIRO's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Geoff Garrett, launched a new Temperate Livestock Systems Program today (1 October) in Armidale. At the opening of the CSIRO's upgraded rural research laboratory, the F D McMaster Laboratory, Chiswick, Dr Garrett said the new program would be of vital importance to the future of grazing in Australia.
Dr Laurie Piper, Program Leader, Temperate Livestock Systems, said CSIRO Livestock Industries' new program would focus expertise on critical temperate-zone problems including disease control and animal welfare.

The laboratory's new and upgraded facilities include an animal house for experimental work under controlled conditions, a Centre for Advanced Reproductive Technologies, refurbished office space and a recently renovated staff-amenities building.

First established at Sydney University in 1931, the McMaster Laboratory was named after Frederick Duncan McMaster, a philanthropic grazier from 'Dalkeith', near Cassilis in NSW, who financed the laboratory's construction and some of the initial research.

In 1995 the Laboratory was relocated to a new building at CSIRO Animal Production, Prospect. When the Prospect facility was closed in 2001 the McMaster Laboratory was again relocated, this time to the CSIRO Livestock Industries Pastoral Research Laboratory, Armidale, known locally as CSIRO Chiswick.

Dr Piper said the McMaster Laboratory was renowned as a centre of excellence in animal health and veterinary parasitology research.

'It has been instrumental in developing control strategies for a range of animal diseases including hydatid disease, liver fluke, sheep blowfly and many others.

'CSIRO in Armidale will continue the proud tradition of excellence in animal health and welfare research,' Dr Piper said.

'It will build on the strengths of CSIRO Livestock Industries in animal breeding and genetics, wool production and quality, enterprise diversification and information technology.'

Since its revitalisation in 2001, Chiswick has entered a new growth phase. Staff numbers are soon expected to reach between 80 and 90 and the new facilities have just been, or will soon be, completed.

'The F D McMaster Laboratory is perfectly placed,' Dr Piper said.

'It is a world-class research laboratory surrounded by primary producers committed to seeing the partnerships between science and industry strengthened and expanded.'
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