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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE SHEEP STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2017/18 $8,099,000 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 supporting the commercialisation 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 2017/18 1. Pre-operative pain relief available for routine surgical procedures. Achieved and target revised. Buccalgesic, a pre-operative pain relief gel, was registered for the alleviation of pain and relief for mulesing in October 2017. There are now three pain relief products available to woolgrowers for routine surgical procedures. The Strategic Target was subsequently revised in February 2018 to “Support adoption of pain relief technologies”. 2. Breech modification alternatives commercialised. Target revised. Trials to assess the animal welfare impact of the breech modification technology Liquid Nitrogen Process (LNP) failed to identify a significant pain relief advantage of LNP over surgical mulesing. As a result, AWI is unlikely to consider a further investment in the current LNP method. AWI is in discussion with a commercial company that may be interested in further developing Skintraction to reduce current tight APVMA label use restrictions, thus improving the commercial viability of the technology. The Strategic Target was revised in February 2018 to “Viable breech modification technologies available for commercialisation”. 3. Development of an ASBV for faecal consistency, so fostering development of non-allergenic genetic resistance to internal parasites. Target revised. The R&D required to create an ASBV for faecal consistency has been delayed by the service provider but remains on the priority list for on-going R&D. The Strategic Target was deleted from the current Strategic Plan in February 2018. 4. Improved laboratory diagnostic testing for worms and larvae. On target. Research to investigate improved laboratory diagnostic testing for conducting faecal egg count reduction tests, and worm egg counts also used for the generation of ASBVs, are due to be completed by early 2019. 5. Sustained increase in grower utilisation of the ParaBoss website. On target. The number of unique users for the ParaBoss suite of websites, for the period June 2017 - May 2018, increased by 14.9% over the previous year. Unique users to FlyBoss increased by 24.9%, LiceBoss by 18.8% and WormBoss by 12.5% when compared with 2016/17. 6. Wool bale decontamination and disinfection procedures developed. In progress. Projects to develop procedures for wool bale decontamination and disinfection are under way. KEY RESULTS DURING 2017/18 BREECH FLYSTRIKE RD&E STRATEGY • Following a review of the AWI breech flystrike program, including consultation with a range of stakeholders, an updated Breech Flystrike Research, Development & Extension (RD&E) Strategy 2017 - 2020 was endorsed by the AWI Board in October 2017. It is available on the AWI website at www.wool.com/flystrikelatest. PAIN RELIEF • An AWI co-funded research trial to assess the welfare responses of female lambs to analgesic options for surgical mulesing was completed in 2017/18. The research concluded that the use of the analgesic agents Buccalgesic® and TriSolfen®, singly or in combination, provides benefits that persist for at least 6 hours (based on behavioural REPORT OF 2017/18 OPERATIONS – SHEEP PRODUCTION 25
AWI Annual Report 2016-17