Andrew Bailey

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Andrew Bailey

Andrew Bailey

Senior Sheep and Wool Industry Extension and Development Officer

Room Second Floor , Mt Pleasant Laboratories (Main Building)

+61 3 6324 5602 (phone)


Andrew comes from a farming background in Western Australia and has focused his career in live export trade, along with animal research in intensive feeding and wool production. After moving to Tasmania, Andrew worked in the Tasmanian Government as a Wool Officer with a passion for on-farm quality assurance, and undertook the Executive Officer role for Tasmania Quality Wool for five years.

As a Senior Sheep and Wool Industry Extension and Development Officer at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Andrews interests are in drought mitigation, feedlot and confinement feeding, nutrition, reproductive efficiency and lamb survival. He is also passionate about the impact of animal health and welfare on productivity.  

Andrew has been the State Coordinator of LifeTime Wool research, Making More from Sheep extension, and Sheep Connect Tasmania. He also takes an active role in training and implementation of biosecurity awareness and safe handling of animals in TIA.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
MScLupin Pellets for the Live Sheep Export IndustryUniversity of Western AustraliaAustralia1994
B.Ag.Sc (2nd Class Hons)Follicle characteristics as a means of selecting for cashmere yield in feral goatsUniversity of Western AustraliaAustralia1982
Dip. Ed. University of Western AustraliaAustralia1985

Administrative expertise

Andrew has managed a number of projects, including being Executive Officer for the Tasmanian Quality Wool assurance program, and the training, coordination and administration of a team of five field auditors.


Teaching expertise

Andrew has been an industry supervisor on Honours and Masters degree projects involved with wool production and analysis. He has supervised students for summer studentships and has taken significant roles in the supervision of overseas students in doctoral programs involving animal studies.

Teaching responsibility

Animal Production Systems

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Current projects

Andrew is involved with the Intensification of beef cattle production in upland cropping systems in Northwest Vietnam project.

Fields of Research

  • Animal Management (070203)
  • Animal Nutrition (070204)
  • Humane Animal Treatment (070207)
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070199)
  • Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens) (070205)
  • Animal Breeding (070201)
  • Crop and Pasture Nutrition (070306)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Agronomy (070302)
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105)
  • Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction (070301)
  • Pattern Recognition and Data Mining (080109)
  • Crop and Pasture Biomass and Bioproducts (070304)

Research Objectives

  • Sheep - Wool (830311)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Sheep - Meat (830310)
  • Eggs (830501)
  • Browse Crops (830401)
  • Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Production (839802)
  • Native and Residual Pastures (830403)
  • Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne) (830406)


Andrew's publications are focused on research concerning wool production, nutrition and sheep behaviour under intensive conditions.

Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2016Horton BJ, Bailey A, Carew AL, 'A regional model of sheep lice management practices for predicting the impact of treatment for lice when no lice are detected', Animal Production Science, 56, (1) pp. 24-32. ISSN 1836-0939 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AN14474 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Horton BJ; Carew AL


2011Behrendt R, van Burgel AJ, Bailey AN, Barber P, Curnow M, et al., 'On-farm paddock-scale comparisons across southern Australia confirm that increasing the nutrition of Merino ewes improves their production and the lifetime performance of their progeny', Animal Production Science, 51, (9) pp. 805-812. ISSN 1836-0939 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AN10183 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 41


2002Horton JD, Bailey AN, Horton BJ, 'Production of chemical-free wool in Tasmania', Wool Technology and Sheep Breeding, 50, (4) pp. 560-566. ISSN 0043-7875 (2002) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Horton JD; Horton BJ

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2012Bailey AN, 'WP401 AWI - Sheep Connect Tasmania 2009-2012', Australian Wool Innovation, Final Report (2012) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2010Hunt WD, Bailey AN, 'Watch weaners when winter strikes', Farming Ahead, Kondin Group, Bentley, WA, No 221, June (2010) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Hunt WD

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Tasmanian Wool SmartFarm (2020)$50,000
This project will investigate the benefits to production and sustainability in the adoption and application of advanced management technologies (AMTs), such as the AWI SmartTags, in several high performing wool producing properties in Tasmania. The objective of this project is to (1) create national and global visibility of the on-farm adoption of AMTs, and (2) demonstrate the use of AMTs in supporting practices associated with high quality, sustainable and socially acceptable wool and sheep production systems. This phase 1 project will support a potentially longer-term commitment between contributing parties and broader collaboration with a range of supply chain stakeholders
Australian Wool Innovation Limited ($50,000)
Grant-Research and Development Open Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Horton BJ; Verdon MJ; Andrewartha SJ; Kang BH; Cao Z; Chinthammit W; Bailey AN
Making More from Sheep State Coordination (Tas) (2011 - 2013)$115,800
Meat and Livestock Australia ($115,800)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bailey AN
2011 - 2013
Sheep Connect Tasmania 2009-2012 (2009 - 2012)$450,000
Australian Wool Innovation Limited ($450,000)
Grant-Research and Development Open Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bailey AN
2009 - 2012

Andrew has supervised several students at Honours and Masters degree level investigating aspects of wool production in Tasmania, especially super-fine wool production.