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Beyond the Bale : September 2011
35 September 2011 BEYOND THE BALE ON-FARM OBJECTIVE CURRENT STATUS/ PROGRESS MADE IMPROVED MANAGEMENT PRACTICES Reduce the reliance on mulesing and improve animal welfare by increasing reliance on other management practices Research indicates successful protection is achieved by long acting chemical treatments in normal seasons. Double crutching and short lambing reduces the risk of flystrike GROWER, INDUSTRY & DOMESTIC STAKEHOLDER EXTENSION, TRAINING & COMMUNICATIONS Investigate and monitor changes in on farm management strategies for breech flystrike control Surveys undertaken to determine growers' current use of specific management options Development of a national program to collate data and on farm case studies to be published on AWI website and made accessible through various extension outlets National Wool Declaration (NWD) data statistics used to monitor on farm changes and market feedback Monitoring of genetic trends in breech flystrike indicator traits and overall sheep productivity Provide woolgrowers, the domestic wool industry and relevant stakeholders updates of the RD&E outcomes and welfare advances to manage breech flystrike prevention and improve animal welfare RD&E available on AWI website and through other extension tools Extension information included quarterly in 'Beyond the Bale', distributed to 29,000 woolgrowers nationwide since 2005. Monthly emails to AWI nationwide grower networks Bi-annual Breech Flystrike Technical R&D Update held 2008 and 2010. Next Update scheduled for 2012 Nationwide grower meetings & FlyBoss workshops Field days, ram sales, sheep shows, grower conferences, wool broker client meetings Woolgrower Forum held every six months that reviews AWI strategy and operational plans AWI Industry Consultative Committee (ICC) meets three times a year. Provides two-way communication and improved flow of information and understanding of the research progress and supply chain developments Animal Welfare Forum continues to meet bi-annually to improve flow of information and understanding of the research progress Annual update meeting with wool exporters Quarterly meetings with DAFF; annual meetings with state agencies INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN EXTENSION, TRAINING & COMMUNICATIONS Ensure international stakeholders are aware of progress in RD&E and welfare, reflecting ongoing commitment to animal welfare Quarterly Updates provided and annual Flystrike Prevention Seminars with retailers, brands and their associations held each year. Independent quarterly audit of AWI's RD&E strategy by Australian Veterinary Association, reporting on overall progress are provided Annual audit of AWI's Breech Flystrike Breeding & Genetic Selection RD&E program Provide advice and support to retailers and brands in addressing animal welfare and related CSR issues Ongoing support to individual retailers, brands and processors as required Develop and maintain e cient two- way communication along supply chain between grower and retailer Information provided along the supply chain appropriate to their role in sourcing or establishing supply chains