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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Objective: Through careful investment in R&D projects address opportunities to help improve productivity and build demand for Australian wool. AWI continues to fast track its R&D program to deliver welfare improved methods of flystrike prevention: Genetic and genomic R&D into breech strike resistance and susceptibility Intradermals: SkinTractionTM and two new novel alternatives, Liquid Nitrogen and Laser applications Completing the fly genome and implications for new chemical prevention products Pre- and post-operative pain relief combinations Training R&D program audits and discussion with welfare groups International retailer association information and support. Since 2001, AWI has invested approximately 15 per cent of the on-farm R&D and extension budget into genetics and genomics R&D and extension. Major genetics and genomics projects funded by AWI include: Sheep Genetics MERINOSELECT Australian Sire Evaluation Association Merino Bloodline Performance (ewe and wether trials). Assistance for "Production Classes" and school wether competitions Sheep CRC Information Nucleus Flock Planning for a Merino Ewe Lifetime Productivity Trial Update of the Visual Score Guide. AWI is investing in the R&D and extension of breeding tools to improve genetic gain in Merino flocks. Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) is a flagship training program funded by AWI. LTEM is designed to assist woolgrowers improve their understanding of ewe nutrition and to develop the skills and confidence to improve their management. More than 1500 producers managing more than six million breeding ewes or 15 per cent of the National ewe flock have enrolled in the LTEM training program between 2006/07 and 2012/13. For the past two years, 60 per cent to 70 per cent of producer groups have been located outside Victoria and 55 per cent to 65 per cent of all groups have been located in the wheat-sheep zone. A recent analysis of changes in attitudes, skills, management practices and productivity of almost 300 producers who graduated from LTEM between 2008 and 2012 indicates that the impacts from participation in LTEM have been consistent across the five year period. It is estimated that the combined increase in stocking rate and lamb marking percentage that have resulted from participation in LTEM has increased the number of lambs marked per hectare by more than 25 per cent (2.7 vs. 3.5 lambs/ha). On average, participants have increased stocking rates by 13 per cent (7.9 vs. 9.1 DSE/ha), increased whole farm lamb marking percentage by 11 per cent (92.7 vs. 103.7 per cent) and reduced adult ewe mortality by 33 per cent (4.0 vs. 2.7 per cent). LTEM training provides hands-on on-farm training for small groups of producers (average five). In 2012/13, 39 AWI-funded groups completed LTEM; 53 groups commenced training in all states. In total AWI funding has supported 120 groups completing LTEM training. Strong demand for LTEM training continues. Producers at the Rankin Springs - Lake Cargelligo LTEM group in NSW condition scoring maiden Merino ewes. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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