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The Numnuts story

An international collaboration, 8 years and 100s of prototypes.

Early 90s
The Start
At the University of Edinburgh, Prof. Vince Molony (et al) identified the methodology for measuring pain in lambs and started to investigate the effectiveness of the use of pain relief during tail docking and castration.
Early 90s
Mid 90s
Proven
It is scientifically demonstrated that pain caused by Castration and Tail Docking can be significantly reduced by using local anaesthetics
Mid 90s
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Late 90s
Early trials
A prototype Multi-jet injection mechanism was developed and trialled successfully in UK.
Late 90s
The cost of the prototype system was too high. Concern for farm animal welfare was less abundant than with today’s ethical consumer. When project funds dried up, the research was shelved.
2009
New start
4c Design and Moredun Research partner to look into the feasibility of a novel solution. Vets & Design Engineers collaborate and Numnuts is born. Consumer and Retailer interest in farm animal welfare increases.
2009
2012
Australia joins in
Industry bodies Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) recognise the need for an on-farm solution and provide funding for the research and development work.
2012
2013
CSIRO gets involved
R&D team is enhanced by the involvement of Alison Small RCVS and Ian Colditz BVSc. CSIRO Armidale Chiswick brings the Australian/NZ experience and perspective to the project
2013
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2014
Early R&D
Concept design developed & patent filed. R&D Process Begins in Ernest
2014
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2017
Impact
Positive results from scientific animal behaviour studies. The team begin transitioning the project from R&D project to commercially available product.
2017
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2018
Farm Trials
Commercial trials carried out on 5 sheep farms in Australia. Over 15,000 lambs benefit from Numnuts pain relief. Engineers validate the design before mass production.
2018
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2019
Production
The team make final changes and start moving Numnuts towards production for an Australian launch in summer 2019.
2019

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