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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2009-10
Effective genetic benchmarking • Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) for breech wrinkle now available through MERINOSELECT. • Website expanded to include semen and sale catalogues. • Improved analysis for Number of Lambs Weaned. • Accuracies introduced for indexes. • Merino Bloodline Comparison 1999-2010 released. • Merino Superior Sires No 15 released. • Sire Evaluation Site Reports released. Commercialisation of DNA-based tools • R&D continues into genomic enhanced estimated breeding values. • Improved DNA parentage technology likely to be released by private sector in near future. Healthier sheep • LiceSense lice extension campaign delivered by Landmark, Elders and Rural Co and by South Australia, Tasmanis, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia departments of agriculture. Over 610 growers trained and over 7800 lice control manuals were distributed to woolgrowers. • The submission process for the registration dossier for the para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) canid bait has commenced with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority currently reviewing the first half of the submission. • AWI continues to provide financial support for training in best practice mulesing, including the use of pain relief. Training conducted in South Australia and Western Australia: 18 EOI, 11 attended, 11 assessed Competent. A training delivery contract for the National Mulesing Assurance Program has been approved and negotiations with a training provider are continuing. • AWI will provide support for training, via the Livestock Contractors Association, in the application of Leader Products' "Anti Flystrike Clips" in the 2010 lambmarking season. • Breech Strike Prevention R&D Update held on 23 June; four sound slides and all PowerPoint presentations loaded on the AWI website at www.wool.com/flystrike. • Trials of SkintractionTM intradermal breech strike prevention method continue. • AWI Animal Welfare Forum, that includes the key animal welfare groups in Australia, met on a 6 monthly basis. • Ongoing communications with global retailers and retailer associations. Australian Veterinary Association quarterly audit of AWI's Breech Strike Prevention R&D program. • Global flystrike communication strategy developed and commenced implementation. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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