by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
A substantial component of the blowfly gene sequence has been processed at the Baylor College, Texas, USA which builds on the genome work in the mid 2000s when 50 per cent of the genome was sequenced. The University of Melbourne is now cataloguing or piecing together the many millions of sequences into genes and chromosomes. There are approximately 140 genes so far that are unique to the blowfly and these, along with olfactory genes of the blowfly, will be of special interest in future work. National Mulesing Accreditation Program training is being consolidated in a framework that optimises the accessibility of training and chance of support funding. Six-monthly meetings continue between AWI and animal welfare and animal activist groups to keep an open dialogue and exchange of information. A review of the wool market for the five years July 2008 to June 2013 showed small and variable premiums and discounts for "Non Mulesed", "Ceased Mulesed" and "Pain Relief" wool. The FlyBoss website is helping woolgrowers reduce the risk of flystrike through management and breeding. FlyBoss is one component of ParaBoss -- the suite of three products developed for the management of blowflies, worms and lice. Support for community groups undertaking wild dog control with a long-term aim for them to become self-sufficient. Provision of training to growers. Coordination of effort on-the-ground to maximise efficiency and thoroughness of wild dog control. Support of R&D to refine existing tools. Monitoring of wild dog populations and their impact on sheep flocks and the environment. 12 new community groups established each year. Four new groups established. The deficit of eight groups in 2013/14 is due to the large number of groups established in 2012/13 requiring "maintenance" -- see below. 22 active groups supported each year. Requests for support from local groups greatly exceeded expectation, and 47 established groups were supported through cash grants during the year. Average AWI cost per established group declining to zero by 2017. Review of this target by AWI Management and AWI's Board, in the light of the magnitude of the on- going wild dog problems nationally, has recommended modification of this target to "Monitor average cost per established group". AWI has provided an average of $19,629.42 per group for approved wild dog control activities. Value of avoided stock loss (sheep) is greater than costs to woolgrowers and AWI combined. Data from the six groups analysed to-date show a total of 16,984 sheep lost in the year prior to the AWI- supported program compared with 3,195 sheep lost since commencing the AWI-supported program. This represents an average reduction in losses due to wild dogs of 2,298 sheep per group thus far (1--2 years). Using $85.06/head (average across all classes and ages) this represents stock losses avoided of $195,462, greatly exceeding group costs to AWI. Over-achievement in group establishment in 2012/13 resulted in the lower rate of group establishment in 2013/14. As Coordinators (and AWI administration) recover from this initial rush and existing groups continue to mature, the formation of new groups is expected to pick-up again -- although not to previous levels -- with Coordinators and groups addressing gaps in geographic coverage of wild dog control. REPORT OF 2013/14 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
AWI Annual Report 2014-15
AWI Annual Report 2012-13