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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2008-09
Animal health and welfare (continued) Activity Progress in 2008/09 Wild dogs. • A registration package for (wild dog and fox baits containing) para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) compound was submitted. The project continued according to milestone schedules. Wool harvesting and wool quality Activity Progress in 2008/09 Shearer and wool handler training. • 1555 shearers were trained in 2008/09 to improve shearing efficiency and quality. • 1231 individuals completed an AWI-Skilled Wool Handler regional coaching program in 2008/09. • 129 individuals underwent skills development through AWI's Shear$marter workshops. • Five workshops were held to provide training to coaches, trainers and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) managers (through National Consistency Workshops held in July-Aug 2008). Mechanical harvesting technologies. • The final stage developments in chemical sharpening have yielded something of a breakthrough. Shearers now rate the chemical sharpened gear "as good or better" than conventionally sharpened combs and cutters. A proposal for further testing under Australian conditions will be developed. • The Shearing Shed Guidelines are being updated with five case studies (complete) demonstrating the practical implementation of improved design features in shearing sheds. • 13 Upright Posture Shearing Platforms (UPSP) were sold as of the end of June 2009 (Peak Hill's ShearEzy UPSP) New generation wool harvesting. • Cystamine and AAM full trial infusions in Merinos completed. Skin and wool samples collected for analysis. High AAM doses for larger body weights affected the health of some animals. • Analyses of cystamine and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as wool fibre weakening agents completed. Fibre diameter, staple strength and follicle activity (cell division) were unaffected. Thus neither compound effected weakening the wool fibre for fleece removal. • Analyses of lithium chloride, cyclopamine, Nolatrexed, and SU4502 as fibre weakening agents completed. Fibre diameter, staple strength and follicle activity (cell division) were unaffected. Thus none of these compounds effected weakening the wool fibre for fleece removal. All AAM formulations tested weakened the wool fibre by varying degrees. AAM induced the greatest effect primarily by reducing intrinsic fibre strength. • Several mechanical devices were trialled for fleece removal. Unfortunately none met efficacy for ongoing funding. Clip quality. • The Pick of the Draft DVD, which demonstrates opportunities for woolgrowers to improve clip quality and profitability, has been developed and distributed. There were over 1800 orders as at September 2009. Interactive Wool Group (IWG) Pty Ltd - Predicted Staple Strength commercial roll out. • OFDA 2000 (Optical Fibre Diameter Analysis) software has been successfully updated for commercial rollout. A Licensee Marketing Plan requires further development. On Farm Fibre Measurement (OFFM) National Quality Assurance (QA) Program. • The Communication sub-program activities as recorded in the scheduled milestones have been successfully delivered to stakeholders. • The cost of managing the OFFM National QA Scheme is not achievable through self funding. The development of an ongoing management plan between the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) and AWI has been placed on hold as a result of funding priorities. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- R&D
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