Livestock

Looking ahead

By Country News

Research organisation MerinoLink is restructuring in line with changing research and extension demands.

The not-for-profit company was instigated by a progressive group of ram and commercial breeders and service providers in 2012 and aims to promote networks, innovation, technology, genetic benchmarking and research to improve the production and profitability of Merinos around Australia.

In a changing research and extension landscape of the Australian sheep industry, MerinoLink’s growth has encompassed several key projects including the MerinoLink/UNE DNA Stimulation Project, part funded by the MLA Donor Company and hosting one of the five sites of the AWI Merino Lifetime Productivity Project.

Chair Richard Keniry said the growth, increasing membership and number of projects required the organisation’s structure to move with the changing demands.

He said for MerinoLink to continue to grow and to future-proof the organisation, the board — in conjunction with MerinoLink chief executive officer Sally Martin — had conducted a review of the existing business operations to determine the required business model for the future.

‘‘As a result of this review, the board and Sally identified the need to diversify the current resource base beyond individuals and ensure we have the right foundation for growth,’’ Mr Keniry said.

‘‘In line with this, an agreed transition plan has been developed which will see MerinoLink go to market for a new CEO and Sally Martin to step down from the position in December 2018.’’

Ms Martin will continue with MerinoLink in the position of project manager and technical adviser, supporting the current and future MerinoLink projects and trials.