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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
40 ON FARM Woolgrowers, researchers, consultants, vets and welfare experts discussed the latest developments and trial results from AWI’s flystrike prevention program at the National R&D Technical Update on Breech Flystrike Prevention held last month in Sydney. Protecting the national flock from flystrike remains a top research priority at AWI. Over the past decade, woolgrowers through their research development and marketing body have invested $47 million in animal health and welfare research, development and extension (RD&E), including more than $27 million on flystrike prevention. AWI has held a National R&D Technical Update on Breech Flystrike Prevention every two years since 2008. This year’s event was attended by stakeholders from across Australia, including woolgrowers, researchers, commercial providers, brokers and exporters, and animal welfare advocates. IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREECH FLYSTRIKE PROGRESS FAST FACTS • Research findings show an integrated approach to preventing breech strike remains the most effective strategy. • Breeding, breech modification, dag control, crutching and chemical prevention are all complementary tools; the mix and importance of each will vary between growers, sheep type and regions. • Breeding sheep resistant to breech strike remains a key tool for producers, by culling affected animals and using breech trait scores to reduce susceptible animals. • Chemicals remain a critical tool but must be used carefully to avoid resistance developing. • Research and development is continuing into breech modification alternatives such SkinTraction® and liquid nitrogen. • Where mulesing is still required, ongoing R&D into pre- and post- operative pain relief products will, when commercialised, increase competition, uses and length of effect. AWI supports all woolgrowers in their choice of best practice animal health and hygiene in flystrike control. THE PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKERS AT THE EVENT OVERVIEW AWI BREECH FLYSTRIKE PREVENTION ROAD MAP Dr Paul Swan, General Manager Research, AWI BREEDING FOR BREECH FLYSTRIKE RESISTANCE RESULTS UPDATE 2005 –13 Dr Tony Schlink, Department of Agriculture & Food (WA) Dr Jen Smith, CSIRO GENOMICS OF THE HOST, PEST AND ATTRACTANTS Dr Jen Smith, CSIRO Dr Philip Batterham, University of Melbourne SKINTRACTION® UPDATE Chris Russell, Cobbett Technologies Peter St Vincent Welch, Cobbett Technologies LIQUID NITROGEN EARLY RESULTS Dr John Steinfort, Steinfort Agvet Warragul Vic LASER TECHNOLOGY PROOF OF CONCEPT Geoff Lindon, Program Manager, Productivity and Animal Welfare, AWI EFFICACY OF MELOXICAM FOR TAIL DOCKING AND CASTRATION Ian Saunders, CEO, Troy Laboratories Sydney NSW WELFARE ASSESSMENTS OF SKINTRACTION®, LIQUID NITROGEN, LASER TECHNOLOGY, TAIL DOCKING AND CASTRATION Dr Alison Small / Dr Ian Colditz, CSIRO Armidale FLY RESISTANCE TO PREVENTATIVE CHEMICALS Dr Gary Levot, NSW DPI Camden NSW PARABOSS AND IPMS SURVEY Dr Lewis Kahn, University of New England NSW WOOL MARKET PREMIUMS AND DISCOUNTS MULESING STATUS Alan Wang, Senior Analyst, Business Intelligence, AWI for Dr Elizabeth Nolan, University of Sydney KEY MESSAGES 2014 AND FUTURE R&D PRIORITIES Geoff Lindon, Program Manager, Productivity and Animal Welfare, AWI