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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2007-08
WOOL PRODUCTION PROgRESS AgAINST ANNUAL TARgETS taRGEt ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE Plans to launch the clip in 2009 continue following successful trials of the clip in 2007-08 to reduce flystrike and quantify the significant animal welfare benefits of the clip at lamb marking. Continue the development and commercialisation of the clip and intradermal alternatives to mulesing. Trials continue with Cobbett Technologies and their “Skintraction” Sodium Lauryl Sulphate intradermal and while at early stages in the R&D cycle it holds promise for limited commercialisation in 2010. Work on cetrimide and collagenese has ceased due to animal welfare outcomes similar to mulesing and reduced effectiveness against flystrike. Two new chemicals are under investigation by AWI – neither leaves an open wound. Improved control of internal and external parasites. Integrated Parasite Management principles further validated on 15 demonstration farms and extended by various means. WormBoss® and LiceBoss™ decision support tools provided in the interest of rational chemical use. Annual wool residue survey indicates that 40 – 50% of the Australian wool clip will meet minimum residue levels in environmentally sensitive markets. Blowfly genome project complete, expressions of interest invited for further research. Meet AWI’s commitments to the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for research to improve feral dog and fox control and to the Sheep CRC for research to improve lamb survival. SuSTAINABLE PRODuCTION SYSTEMS Delivery of ewe management guidelines developed in Lifetime Wool. Investment in the Evergraze project through the Future Farm Industries CRC, so as to develop more profitable pasture systems for the high rainfall zone, integrating native and improved pasture components. Restructure of the extension network projects to provide a delivery mechanism for innovations developed within the four Wool Production programs, reducing duplication of extension effort. The key findings from the completed Land Water & Wool program to be incorporated into AWI’s corporate and marketing messages demonstrating the wool industry’s environmental credentials. Ewe nutrition management guidelines developed for 5 regions and delivered via lifetimewool.com.au. Economic analysis of the benefits of Lifetime Wool completed. During 2007/08, 3135 producers, consultants, extension officers and livestock scientists attended Lifetime Wool events. The project has engaged with 20,000 producers, consultants and extension specialists since its commencement in 2001. Three Native Proof Sites and 45 Supporting sites are fully operational. Future Farm Industries CRC has contributed additional resources to support state extension which utilises the supporting site network and proof sites. 1800 producers are aware of Evergraze; 1000 producers participate in Evergraze. Development of the new canid bait was held up (formulation difficulties and fox capture) but is now well underway to a registration application for a fox bait early in 2009 and a dog product a few months later. Funding of the Sheep CRC’s lamb survival project continues as planned. PERFORmaNcE aGaiNSt taRGEt Networks have been restructured to focus their delivery on three AWI innovations per year and to introduce a user pays culture within the programs. Co-investment with state and federal agencies and other industry bodies is sought in each state. Membership of the network projects totals 2700. Land, Water & Wool key messages presented to APDM and messages incorporated into Natural, Biodegradable, Sustainable, (NBS) offering and marketing material included in industry recognised publications such as Wool Record and Eco Textiles. The Making More From Sheep manual, a best practice package of information, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers, was launched in January 2008. The ‘Making More From Sheep’ best management package to provide a new mechanism for delivery of AWI and MLA innovations. Over 2000 sheep producers have taken up the manual. 15,000 users visited the website www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au. 1100 sheep producers participated in 63 workshops across Australia. 85% of participants reported that they would change practices as a result of what they learned. Workshop participants had an average flock size of approximately 4000 sheep, and/or produced around 100 bales of wool each year. 32 ANNUAL AWI 07/08
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