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 book shelved.
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
Concept Design Developed & Patent Filed R&D Process Begins in Ernest
Positive Animal Behaviour Science Results. The team begin transitioning the project from R&D project to commercially available product
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.
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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