Sheep Industry Business Innovation legacies

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) recently completed the Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) project.


The SIBI project supported the sheep industry by:
  • the establishment of dedicated sheep meat supply chains
  • increasing business and technical skills of producers and processors
  • maximising producers and processors’ business efficiency, productivity and profitability
As the SIBI project has now concluded, knowledge gained through the project lives on through project legacies:
  1. Confidence that sheep are a profitable component of a farming business
    The SIBI project has increased investment in sheep as a component of the farming business, through research into business models, productivity and profitability.

  2. Understanding the sheep industry value chain
    SIBI improved stakeholder awareness of the complexity, value and sophistication of the sheep industry value chain. The project invested into supply chain development by working across all areas of the supply chain.

  3. Building stronger relationships within industry
    Stronger industry relationships have been built across all levels through training courses, industry events and field days. A key component of this legacy was the development of relationships with Aboriginal farmers, creating positive social impacts and increased business opportunities.

  4. Increase professional capacity of the sheep industry
    A project priority was to grow and develop the professional capacity of the sheep  industry. This was achieved by encouraging new entrants into the industry through the sheep supply chain course, SIBI post graduate scholarships and stakeholder professional development courses.

  5. Developing the Katanning Research Facility (KRF) as a national sheep research centre
    SIBI invested into both people and resources to establish a facility available to be utilised by the broader industry. DPIRD remains committed to the continuous development of the KRF as a leading research facility. This work will continue to attract future research and increase collaboration between State Government and industry partners.


Contact information

Julia Smith
+61 (0)8 9368 3449