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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE SHEEP STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2016/17 $6,242,000 project expenditure SHEEP HEALTH & WELFARE INVESTMENT FOCUS • Growers availed of the basis for practical genetic and chemical control programs for internal parasites and flystrike. • Reduce adverse welfare impacts of current surgical practices, through successful commercialization of pre-operative analgesia for sheep. • Support National Wool Declaration participation and recognition through the wool demand chain. • Reduce risks to wool trade continuity from emergency animal diseases, through wool bale disinfection and traceability. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Pre-operative pain relief available for routine surgical procedures. On target. Buccalgesic, a pain relief paste, was registered for the alleviation of pain and inflammation for castration and tail docking in November 2016. Further data supporting its use for mulesing has been submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and a decision is likely in Spring 2017. 2. Breech modification alternatives commercialised. In progress. A Confirmatory Licence Deed has been successfully brokered with the company responsible for SkinTraction®, enabling AWI to now seek expressions of interest from companies looking to further develop and commercialise the alternative breech modification technology to reduce the current tight APVMA label use restrictions. Preliminary trials investigating the impact of Liquid Nitrogen as a breech modification alternative have been completed. 3. Development of an ASBV for faecal consistency, so fostering development of non-allergenic genetic resistance to internal parasites. In progress. Discussions have been held with industry to explore the development of an ASBV for faecal consistency. 4. Improved laboratory diagnostic testing for worms and larvae. In progress. A project to validate an alternative, more effective laboratory diagnostic test that looks to be cheaper and faster than the current test is under development. 5. Sustained increase in grower utilisation of the ParaBoss website. On target. The average number of users per month across all ParaBoss sites has increased from 6,922 in 2014 to 13,275 in 2017. This has resulted in an increase in the average number of page views per month from 20,332 in 2014 to 32,280 in 2017. The number of users of WormBoss, FlyBoss and LiceBoss for Jan-Jun 2017 has increased by 9% when compared with 2016. 6. Wool bale decontamination and disinfection procedures developed. In progress. A wool bale decontamination unit for use in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak was successfully piloted in 2016/17, and a project to evaluate it under field conditions is expected to be undertaken in 2017/18. A trial using sensors capable of recording and reporting on the time and environmental conditions of wool along the supply chain is currently under way. KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 • An AWI-funded study assessing the benefits of pre-operative pain relief S4 treatment Buccalgesic® with mulesing continued in 2016/17. The mulesing trial compared a topical local anaesthetic applied post-treatment (Tri-Solfen®), with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Buccalgesic®) along with the combined use of both products. A preliminary report on the work concluded that the use of Buccalgesic® alone, or in combination with Tri-Solfen®, improved the welfare of lambs undergoing surgical mulesing. The data from this work has been submitted to the APVMA in an application to extend the registered use of Buccalgesic® to include mulesing. • Preliminary studies comparing mulesing with Liquid Nitrogen (LNP) were completed in early 2017. The behavioural responses of lambs to LNP were different from mulesing. Results on the REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – SHEEP PRODUCTION 23
AWI Annual Report 2015-16