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Beyond the Bale : December 2017
The Meloxicam product Buccalgesic®, from Troy Laboratories, was initially released in August 2016 for the alleviation of pain associated with the routine husbandry procedures of castration and tail docking in lambs. Last month, the The pain relief product Buccalgesic® has now been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for mulesing, as well as for castration and tail docking in lambs. PAIN RELIEF UPDATE: BUCCALGESIC® FORMALLY APPROVED FOR MULESING Buccalgesic® being applied to the internal cheek of a lamb during trials. Buccalgesic® has now been formally approved for mulesing, as well as castration and tail docking in lambs. The 2017 Australian eChallenge Wool Innovation program was a collaboration between AWI, the University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC), Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga (CSU) and Deakin University School of Engineering. The ECIC-led program is designed to equip entrepreneurial teams of people from diverse backgrounds, skill disciplines and locations, with the support to develop prototypes of technical innovations for the wool industry. Fourteen teams from NSW, Victoria and South Australia developed innovative concepts in the areas of connectivity, sheep health, data analysis and communication, precision farming practices and automated processes. Announced last month, ‘Wool Stunners’ was the winning team from Deakin University School of Engineering. Their concept of an easy to use, do-it-yourself faecal egg count test could give woolgrowers results in less than an hour, saving valuable time in managing parasite control and enabling precision drenching to minimise drench resistance, improve sheep health and ultimate fleece quality. The runner-up team, ‘Kelpie’, representing CSU, presented an intelligent data analysis system that gives farmers easy access to customised information on demand via their smartphone or tablet to help informed decision making in real-time. Third place was awarded to the ‘WoolVolks’ team from Deakin University School of Engineering, who presented a portable, digital imaging system concept that will enable woolgrowers to affordably automate the classing of wool quality, improve assessment accuracy and fleece management, with potential to reduce labour and testing costs. The 2017 Australian eChallenge Wool Innovation program complemented the 2017 Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation program, also led by The University of Adelaide’s ECIC and supported by AWI, which ran earlier in the year. “AWI is delighted to have been part of this innovative approach to attracting the best young minds in the tech world towards thinking about wool,” AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said. “The variety and quality A university-led program run during the past few months in collaboration with AWI has generated some very innovative and practical concepts for technology-based products that address key wool production challenges. LEFT-FIELD THINKING IS RIGHT FOR TECHNICAL INNOVATION The winning team of the 2017 Australian eChallenge Wool Innovation program was 'Wool Stunners' from the Deakin University School of Engineering, who presented a concept for a fast DIY on-farm worm testing kit. APVMA also approved Buccalgesic® for mulesing, and in addition removed the 30 minute wait between application and procedure so it can now be used immediately before the procedure. Buccalgesic® exerts anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effects. Developed in collaboration with AWI and MLA, the product is a prescription only (S4) drug but is delivered without a needle, thereby reducing potential OH&S issues for operators and eliminating any potential skin and muscle damage to the sheep. It is a viscous gel administered between the inside of the cheek and molar teeth of sheep from where it is absorbed into the blood stream. The buccal (inside of cheek) formulation has a thick consistency so after application (using a modified drench gun) it adheres to the mucous membrane of the mouth. It is also stained to ensure that double dosing does not occur. Its meat withholding period and ESI are 10 days. The three pain relief products that conform to the National Wool Declaration definition of pain relief (“All sheep in mob have been mulesed with a registered pain relief product”) are: of innovative digital ideas to improve the productivity and profitability for Australian woolgrowers has been great to see.” AWI will be exploring each team’s concepts, to consider which may be suitable for further support to progress down a commercialisation and/or prioritised further R&D pathway. AWI will seek opportunities to meet with woolgrower groups so teams can get feedback to refine their concepts and explore the potential to recruit field trial pilot partners. • Buccalgesic®, pre-operative analgesic NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), buccal application – registered for castration, tail docking and mulesing. • Metacam®, pre-operative analgesic NSAID, sub cutaneous injection – registered for pain and inflammation. • Tri-Solfen®, post-operative topical anaesthetic – registered for castration, tail docking and mulesing. 48 ON FARM