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Beyond the Bale : March 2017
2017 IWTO CONGRESS The IWTO Congress is the annual gathering of the entire wool industry, connecting farm with fashion and everyone in between. Woolgrowers, spinners, weavers, garment manufacturers, designers and retailers will be united at the upcoming Congress to maximise the opportunities for wool. Keynote speakers will explore the Congress theme, Wool in a Digital Age, by examining at the impact of digitalisation on the wool textile pipeline, from farm gate to retail. Other sessions at the Congress include: Sustainability through Wool Textiles; Product Wellness; Wool in Interiors; UK Textile & Fashion Industry with a Focus on Education; Campaign for Wool Update; Wool Innovations and Technology; Market Intelligence, Outlook and Trends in Wool; and Young Professionals Programme. IWTO Working Group meetings will take place on the day before the Congress (2 May) and an optional visit to a sheep farm in Yorkshire Dales is arranged for the day after the Congress (6 May). Harrogate is a lovely spa town that's been voted the happiest place to live in Britain for the third year in a row. It is set in one of the most spectacular districts of the UK with attractive towns and villages, imposing historic houses, castles, abbeys, beautiful countryside and a host of other natural attractions, including a number of wool mills in the vicinity. MORE INFORMATION Further information including the draft program, costs and full registration details are available at www.iwto.org/events Sunset at Almscliffe Crag near Harrogate. PHOTO: Jez Campbell of supply chain and trade risks (such as product traceability), rather than disease response risks (such as diagnostic capability or vaccination). “As the wool industry’s R&D body, AWI takes primary responsibility for the development, oversight and funding of projects to address the priorities of this strategy,” Dr Swan said. “The Sheep Production portfolio of AWI’s own Strategic Plan for 2016/17-2018/19 aligns with the new industry EAD strategy.” Australia’s EAD response system is closely aligned to the existing international framework for the management of animal health and disease in respect to trade, ensuring that, as far as possible, the trade response to an EAD outbreak in Australia will be based upon the results of internationally-agreed scientific research. Australia’s EAD response system is coordinated by AHA, which is a partnership between the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments, livestock industries and other stakeholders such as the Australian Veterinary Association. WoolProducers Australia is the wool industry member of AHA and is the woolgrower representative body in the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) between the Commonwealth Government, State and Territory Governments and livestock industries. MORE INFORMATION The ‘Australian Wool Industry Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness RD&E Strategy 2016/17-2018/19’ is available at www.wool.com/publications and www.woolindustries.org. Registrations are now open for the International Wool Textile Organisation’s (IWTO) annual Congress which is taking place 3-5 May 2017 in Harrogate, England. WOOL INDUSTRY’S EAD RD&E STRATEGY The Australian wool industry EAD preparedness RD&E strategy contains six programs, summarised below. These programs are coordinated through the FAWO EAD Working Group. PROGRAM KEY DELIVERABLES 1. Traceability A project completed under the previous Strategy demonstrated that wool can generally be traced forward from property of origin with a high degree of accuracy. The final report from the project made a series of recommendations for future initiatives to enhance the traceability of wool: • Enhancements to existing software systems to enhance traceability. • Regular conduct of simulation exercises to maintain traceability preparedness. • Development of a decontamination protocol and EAD response plan for wool handling facilities. • Modifications to the classers’ specification to enhance traceability. 2. Bale disinfection Under the previous strategy, a prototype device to enable high-throughout disinfection of the outside of wool bales with a citric acid solution was developed by AWTA with AWI funding. Under the new strategy, the following initiatives would be undertaken: • Fully-functioning bale disinfection unit manufactured. • Disinfection unit evaluated, with protocol/operational manual and report delivered. 3. Wool disinfection • Establishment of a system for recording the accumulated heat*time units experienced by wool in storage or transfer, sufficient to demonstrate deactivation of disease agents. This will help convince trading partners that Australian wool poses them no biosecurity threat. 4. Codification • AUSVETPLAN manuals updated to incorporate the latest wool industry knowledge. 5. Capacity building • Establishment of a database of key positions and personnel throughout the international pipeline (especially key markets, ie China). • EAD preparedness and response training for industry personnel. 6. Coordination & relationships • Maintenance of strong relationships between FAWO members and other stakeholders to ensure implementation of programs. 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