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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
SHEEP PRODUCTION OBJECTIVE Increase the profitability and sustainability of woolgrowing. OUTCOMES As a result of AWI's investments Australia's woolgrowers will be: • Widely utilising pre-operative pain relief for invasive procedures, or welfare enhanced alternative procedures. • Lifting the average weaning rate in Merino-Merino joinings. • Reducing the impacts and costs of wild dog and other vertebrate pests on Australia’s woolgrowers. • Improving the breeding benchmarking tools for lifetime economic performance of ewes in wool enterprises. • Strengthen wool’s reputation for environmental stewardship. STRATEGIES HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE SHEEP Improving wool sheep health, welfare and productivity represents the greatest overall opportunity for on- farm R&D for the benefit of the Australian wool industry. This aims to deliver productivity gains and improved profitability, and also protect and enhance the international reputation of Australia’s woolgrowers as custodians of the world’s largest population of Merino sheep. PROGRAMS: • Sheep Health & Welfare • Vertebrate Pests • Reproduction • Genetic Improvement FARM AUTOMATION & SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Labour use efficiency is an important contributor to farm profitability, and seasonal labour availability constraints have been shown to limit important profit drivers such as stocking rate, and can also impact on sheep health and welfare. More significantly and specifically, the wool industry suffers by comparison to other livestock enterprises due to the frequency of hands-on sheep management and harvesting activities. FEEDBASE & FIBRE ADVOCACY Improving wool’s reputation as a sustainable textile, healthy for both consumers and the planet is an increasing priority for the Australian wool industry. Critical review of raw material supply chains is an ongoing process by brands and retailers with those supply chains considered to be environmentally harmful at risk of being overlooked. PROGRAMS: • Feedbase & Eco-credentials • Fibre Advocacy 22 REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – SHEEP PRODUCTION
AWI Annual Report 2015-16