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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
ON FARM 55 MAKING THE TRANSITION TO A CEASED MULESING FLOCK • Am I set in my ways or open-minded, and will I accept critique, ideas, new or alternative ways, and help? • Where do I learn more? Consider new information sources and training options. • Do I know what’s needed based on risk and impact? Plan even for low risk events if they are high impact. FlyBoss (www.flyboss.com.au) has a wealth of information on flystrike prevention and management. 7. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUPPORT • Who’s on the money? Find the performers: whether they be experts, advisers or other producers. • Sign up, logon, watch, listen and ask. • Assess those in your business or providing services to you on what they achieve, rather than what they say. 8. BE PREPARED AND FLEXIBLE • “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” • What could go wrong and how likely is that? Know all your options, even for the less likely problems. • Am I ready? Have know-how, staff, equipment and products on hand or quickly available for the likely issues – and not too far away for less likely problems. • Can I handle a change of plan? Being prepared for changes makes for less stress and a better outcome. 9. TAKE THE PLUNGE, BUT KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL • Are you putting off the change? Recognise procrastination. • Don’t be paralysed by a need for perfection. • If you have gone through the earlier steps: stop planning, start doing; 100% success is never assured. • But don’t relax just yet: Keep an eye on the ball because flystrike happens quickly. • Information and planning reduces risk and anxiety. 10. REVIEW, IMPROVE AND REJOICE • Are you asking why and how? Ask “why did that happen, how can we do it better?” • Are you prepared to do it differently next time? • Do you celebrate and enjoy the small wins as well as the large? The 16-page report outlines the key learnings from a number of wool- growing enterprises, from a diverse range of environments and Merino types, that have moved to a non mulesed enterprise. While mulesing has been shown to reduce breech strike by 90%, in 2016/17 7% of the Australian Merino clip (less than 24.5 microns) was declared as non mulesed through AWEX’s National Wool Declaration. Moving to a non mulesed enterprise isn’t easy, however there is a trend to non mulesed wool. Key learnings to keep in mind from these businesses when considering a move to a non mulesed Merino enterprise include: A new AWI report that is intended to assist woolgrowers in planning to move to a non mulesed Merino enterprise is available in hard copy and online. PLANNING TO MOVE TO A NON MULESED MERINO ENTERPRISE • It is important to have a detailed plan in place that has the support of everyone in your business – including staff, contractors, shearers, livestock agents and ram suppliers. • The business needs to be brave, organised and determined to make it work in the early years. • Moving to a non mulesed enterprise often requires fundamental change to the whole business. MORE INFORMATION The manual is available at www.wool.com/flystrikelatest or request a free hard copy version from the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. Unmulesed hogget rams from the same non mulesed superfine/fine flock. If you need to select from mulesed rams, neck wrinkle is a good indicator for breech wrinkle. 2008 drop 2013 drop
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