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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
STRATEGY 1: SHEEP HEALTH, WELFARE & PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGY 1 RESOURCES DURING 2015/16 $6,927,000 project expenditure + 5.5 AWI staff (full time equivalent) PROGRAM 1: PARASITES & DISEASES INVESTMENT FOCUS • Consolidation of parasite extension tools into one "ParaBoss" tool for accessibility • Funding of regional lice groups to assist growers to share information relevant to lice management • Scoping investments for improved lice management • Development of technologies to minimise dags and flystrike in sheep • Reports on the monitoring of pesticide use and R&D on environmentally friendly pesticides • Support for NWD and engagement, education and support through the supply chain • Minimise impacts on the flow of wool from farms arising from biosecurity threats. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16 Progress during 2015/16 Increase scientific knowledge on causes and potential minimisation of scouring. Partly achieved. A technical review of ‘dags’ and ‘causes of scouring’ was completed, and identified possible new research projects. Analysis of the Murdoch University project into causation of scouring was delayed, but will be completed in August 2016. By 2017, a 5% reduction in economic losses from breech strike across 20% of woolgrowers. Partly achieved. A survey conducted in early 2016 showed 6% of sheep producers have adopted FlyBoss recommendations with 5% of all sheep producers realising an average financial gain of $3,900 each or $4.7 million across the industry. By 2017, an increase of 20% of woolgrowers using best practice worm control. Partly achieved. A survey conducted in early 2016 showed 16% of sheep producers have adopted WormBoss recommendations with 13% of sheep producers realising an average financial gain of $2,000 each or $6.2 million a year across the industry. KEY RESULTS DURING 2015/16 • ParaBoss (with co-funding from MLA) has consolidated the three products WormBoss, LiceBoss and FlyBoss into one co-ordinated ParaBoss The total number of website users per month has increased from 7,000 users per month in 2014 to 11,000 users per month in 2016. The number of users during 2016 has increased by 27% for WormBoss, 42% for FlyBoss and 22% for LiceBoss when compared to the same period (Jan-May) in 2015. • The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approved the registration of SkinTraction® with tight label requirements in May 2015. Cobbett Technologies, the owner of the IP, had exclusive rights to commercialise the technology and make accessible to Industry within 12 months which did not occur. AWI continue to hold discussions with Cobbett Technologies regarding the way forward. • The breech strike resistant and susceptible lines at Mt Barker, WA (DAFWA) and Armidale, NSW (CSIRO) have shown the importance of lower breech wrinkle, tail wrinkle, dags, urine stain, wool colour and breech cover for reducing the risk of breech strike. However there are still a large number of breech strikes where the cause remains unknown and investigations continue into skin odour and bacteria to determine their risk factors. Selection within the resistant and susceptible bred lines at both sites has ceased but the sheep have been retained to provide fresh wool samples. The R&D into odour and bacteria is complex and progress has been slow until early 2016 where visiting scientists were instrumental in several breakthroughs which now need to be validated. • Following on from the mapping of the Fly Genome which discovered some 2,062 completely unique genes in the blowfly, a project commenced to create the gene editing protocols for the blowfly as was a project looking into the (1) genes that are active at the larval and gravid fly stages, (2) to determine the extent of variation of these genes across Australia and (3) investigate a potential parasite of the fly. Sheep from the breech flystrike resistant line at the CSIRO’s Armidale research site. REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D 11
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