HOW TO USE THIS ONLINE MAGAZINE
by clicking the arrows at the side of the page.
by clicking anywhere on the page. A slider will appear, allowing you to adjust your zoom level.
and move the page around when zoomed in by dragging the page.
and return to the original size by clicking on the page again.
by entering text in the search field and click on "In This Issue" or "All Issues" to search the current issue or the archive of back issues
a PDF of this magazine.
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
a page via email, Facebook, Twitter and more.
TO VIEW PREVIOUS EDITIONS
, click the
button at the bottom of the screen.
Beyond the Bale : June 2018
FARM ON 49 SECURITY VITAL An initial evaluation of the bale sprayer has been completed. This work included an assessment of the effects of citric acid (the disinfectant that would be used against foot-and-mouth disease) on wool just inside the nylon pack. No negative effects were found. The device is a modified shipping container, allowing for ready deployment as needed. Field trials will soon take place to evaluate the device’s transportability, ease of integration into existing facilities and the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of operation. Longer-term planning will be undertaken regarding the number of units needed to be manufactured, storage location, maintenance, conduct of simulation exercises and other considerations. WOOL DISINFECTION New technologies becoming available could enable spatial and environmental tracking of baled wool. AWI is currently partnering with Agriculture Victoria to field test a new wool biosecurity device – a small bluetooth beacon (see image) developed by AWI – that collects temperature and humidity. Data that is collected throughout the wool supply chain by the beacon can be downloaded to a smart device, such as an iPad. The ‘WoolTrace/Digibale’ project undertook an initial examination of different sensor technologies and has commenced the field trial component for testing the bluetooth beacons throughout the wool supply chain – from on-farm through to core sampling. As the data starts coming in, the project will also develop a user interface, and assess the feasibility of such a system and its requirements if scaled up for wider adoption. The user interface will enable data in relation to bale location and environmental conditions to be captured. It is anticipated that this system would give trading partners confidence that wool has been stored for long enough to deactivate any disease agent that may have been present and therefore not pose a biosecurity threat. CODIFICATION When collecting data in the project, the beacons will be inserted under the label on the wool pack (they are photographed here outside the label to demonstrate size). The beacon on the right is emitting a faint blue light from the middle of the beacon, indicating that the beacon has been connected to an iPad and is currently delivering live data. The beacon on the left is still collecting data, but not currently sending that data to a smart device. The top priority for the wool industry during an EAD outbreak would be to convince trading partners that Australian wool poses them no biosecurity threat. This means demonstrating that any given lot of wool has an almost-zero risk of carrying the disease agent in question. The interior of a wool bale offers a protective environment for disease agents that may be present. Deactivating most diseases of concern would mean storing the wool for a period of time sufficient to kill off the agent. The time required depends on the temperature and humidity to which the agent is exposed. The challenge is to illustrate which bales have been exposed to sufficient temperature loads to render a specific virus inactive. A new Biosecurity Risk Assessment tool helps wool enterprises such as brokers’ stores identify biosecurity weaknesses. Considerable effort has gone towards ensuring the wool industry has the necessary plans in place in case of an EAD event. The government/industry emergency response framework, ‘AUSVETPLAN’, sets out the various roles, responsibilities and policy guidelines for agencies and organisations involved in an EAD response. While AUSVETPLAN includes the wool industry, the wool-related information in it is not as cohesive and comprehensive as it could be. Proposed updates to the ‘Wool Enterprise Manual’ and other AUSVETPLAN manuals to incorporate the latest wool industry knowledge have recently been submitted to Animal Health Australia and are being reviewed. These updates will make clearer how wool and wool enterprises should be handled in the case of an EAD outbreak, minimising the time before they can resume trade. A template EAD response plan has also been developed for wool enterprises such as brokers’ stores and test houses. The template helps businesses to be better prepared for an EAD outbreak and also provides a ‘go-to’ reference document in the event that an EAD is found in Australia. Supporting the template is an online ‘Biosecurity Risk Assessment Tool’ that helps identify biosecurity weaknesses that may delay such a wool enterprise from returning to trade. The tool is available via the AWI website at www.wool.com/biosecurity. CAPACITY BUILDING An EAD workshop being piloted to post-farmgate businesses. A 5-hour workshop to prepare wool enterprises for an EAD event was recently piloted with 21 staff, from five post-farmgate businesses, at three locations. The pilot workshop explained how the business would be affected by an EAD event and what steps can be taken during ‘peacetime’ to minimise these impacts. Feedback from the sessions was very positive. Participants reported a much higher understanding of how easily EADs can be spread, the potential impact of an EAD on their business and the industry, and the importance of preparation and biosecurity. The FAWO EAD Working Group will now consider whether a national roll-out of this training should be a priority. More information www.wool.com/biosecurity