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The Numnuts story
An international collaboration, 8 years and 100s of prototypes.
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.
It is scientifically demonstrated that pain caused by Castration and Tail Docking can be significantly reduced by using local anaesthetics
A prototype Multi-jet injection mechanism was developed and trialled successfully in UK.
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.
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.
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.
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
Concept design developed & patent filed. R&D Process Begins in Ernest
Positive results from scientific animal behaviour studies. The team begin transitioning the project from R&D project to commercially available product.
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.
The team make final changes and start moving Numnuts towards production for an Australian launch in summer 2019.
Animal welfare is the driving factor behind Numnuts
Reduced RSI, needle guard and QCC technology
Designed and engineered to add little to no time to marking
Rigorous quality control and testing for heavy users
Validated by CSIRO
Meat & Livestock Australia
Developed in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia Limited ABN 39 081 678