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Extended on-farm Trials with MLA



Dear trial registrants,

Firstly, I would like to thank you for registering your interest in participating in the NUMNUTs trials and also for your patience in this process. This is an exciting initiative and the first of its kind. The intention is to involve participants from four states, to represent a wide range of future users.

While work is ongoing in designing the project to ensure the success of the research and quality of the outcomes, it is anticipated that the trial work will be conducted over the next marking season – between June and October 2020.

This means the next phase of the recruitment process is likely to take place early in the New Year. At this time you will be contacted by a member of the project team. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact either me ( or Johann Schroder (




MLA are looking for Australian sheep producers to take part in additional trials of the Numnuts® device, to be conducted in the second half of 2019, from September onwards.

The focus will be on trials in a commercial environment to assess further subjective and objective pain response behaviours using Numnuts. Successful applicants will take part in an on-farm trial in partnership with MLA and an appointed veterinary consultant. Specific details of the trial set-up will be supplied to participants by MLA, who will be providing compensation towards the costs incurred by producers for their participation in the trials.

To register with MLA for the trial please go to:

MLA Numnuts Trial Potential Participants Log your interest HERE

You can read more about the trials in the following articles:

Please note: These extended trials are being run independently by MLA. Applications will be reviewed by an MLA trial coordinator and successful applicants will be contacted directly to arrange participation.

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