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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2007-08
WOOL PRODUCTION PROgRESS AgAINST ANNUAL TARgETS taRGEt SHEEP PRODuCTIVITY (CONTINuED) Discovery of the next generation of breeding tools using outcomes from genomics research. AWI investment in the Sheep CRC has enabled the establishment of the Information Nucleus Flocks located around Australia. These flocks are currently collecting data for validating the genotype/phenotype associations generated through Falkiner Memorial Field Station (FMFS) and SheepGenomics (SGP) investments. The 60,000 markers DNA test (SNP chip) developed by SGP is scheduled to commence production in September 2008 and the first of the genotyping data from FMFS (and the Sheep CRC) using the SNP chip is on track for delivery in early 2009 with the first associations generated by mid 2009. The work directed towards the development of a parasite resistance/susceptibility prognostic test is on track to deliver data for a final analysis by June 2009. These data, including the FMFS/SGP phenoytpe database, will reside with Sheep Genetics and an integrated industry commercialisation plan is currently being discussed with MLA, Sheep Genetics and the CRC. WOOL HARVESTING Successfully assist in commercialising at least one single stand upright posture shearing platform (uPSP) that meets the performance, OH&S, price and other specifications required by the wool industry. Develop a mobile multi stand modular uPSP, combine this with ancillary wool handling and other advanced technology, and then subsequently assist in making this commercially available to the wool industry. Fund fundamental and applied research into biological harvesting methods that show potential for a cost effective alternative to mechanical severance for all sheep types. Two UPSPs are now commercially available in Australia – the ShearEzy UPSP from Peak Hill Industries and the Hecton Highlander. PERFORmaNcE aGaiNSt taRGEt The ShearEzy UPSP is now available and is both modular and transportable. Eight units have been sold to the end of June 2008. Significant success has been achieved in the identification of two alternative chemical actives that could lead to biological harvesting approaches that could reduce the cost of harvesting. This research has been supplemented with R&D to test an alternative method for fleece removal. Develop and commercialise handpiece safety devices. The handpiece safety device has not reached commercialisation due to technical difficulties. This is now expected in October 2008. A commercial manufacturer has now developed and commercialised a ‘handpiece on a string’ after being introduced to the concept by AWI. Increase the productivity and quality of shearers and wool handlers trained by AWI funds. An increase in the number of novice shearers and wool handlers trained by all funded sources. 1842 shearers and 1213 wool handlers have been trained directly through the AWI program in 2007/08. Evaluation surveys have highlighted that 79% of contractors and growers who witnessed the training considered it to be “excellent” – an increase of 10% from the previous year. AWI has worked hard over the last twelve months to increase the Federal and State contributions to training delivery. The promotion of traineeships has been at the heart of this work. During 2007/08 AWI contributed $834,000 to training delivery. State and Federal funding, across Australia, is estimated to total $2,748,500, with traineeship funding estimated at $943,000. Overall the AWI funds invested in shearer and wool handler training have been leveraged 3.29 to 1. In 2003/04, prior to the establishment of the program, total funding contribution from Government was less than $1 million. 34 ANNUAL AWI 07/08
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