Early 90’s

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.

Mid 90’s

It is scientifically demonstrated that pain caused by Castration and Tail Docking can be significantly reduced by using local anaesthetics

Late 90’s

Late 90’s

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 book shelved.

2009

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.

2012

Industry bodies Meat and 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.

2013

2013

R&D team is enhanced by the involvement of Alison Small RCVS and Ian Colidz RCVS. CSIRO Armidale Chiswick brings the Australian/NZ experience and perspective to the project

2014

2014

Concept Design Developed & Patent Filed  R&D Process Begins in Ernest

2017

2017

Positive Animal Behaviour Science Results. The team begin transitioning the project from R&D project to commercially available product

2018

2018

Commercial trials carried out on x5 sheep farms in Australia.  Over 15,000 lambs benefit from Numnuts pain relief. Engineers validate the design before mass production.

2019 Spring

2019 Spring

Predicted: Numnuts Pain Relief Available commercially in Australian Springtime. Year 1 stock availability will be limited. Register your interest if you are a proactive Farmer, Marking Contractor or Vet who wishes to be an early

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