About

The Mackinnon Project is an international leader in sheep and beef consultancy offering a unique range of services including farm management consultancies, farmer training programs, contract research and post graduate training programs.

Based at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at Werribee on the outskirts of Melbourne, the Mackinnon Project is a recognised leader in sheep and beef consultancy both in Australia and internationally.  A unique range of services is offered, including farm management consultancies, farmer training programs, contract research and post graduate training programs.

The Mackinnon Project was established in 1983 with the specific aim of improving the productivity and profitability of sheep flocks and beef herds following a bequest from the Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust. The bequest from the Trust is ongoing and supports the residency program. Scobie and Claire Mackinnon owned Mooramong Station at Skipton and had a strong interest in animal and veterinary science.

The Mackinnon Project draws on a pool of practical, scientific expertise covering each facet of modern beef, prime lamb and wool production. The Project’s consultants have a whole farm approach to grazing enterprises and provide advice on every aspect of successful farm management, from whole farm planning through to marketing.

As part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne, the Mackinnon Project has access to the University’s full diagnostic, computing and educational facilities.

Project consultants work closely with scientists in the CSIRO, Departments of Agriculture, chemical companies, farm advisers, and specialists in key funding bodies, such as Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), to provide the latest information to clients.