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Beyond the Bale : Aug 07 - Sep 07
RESULTS OF SHEEP PRODUCER SURVEY The swing from Merino production to a dual-purpose flock has steadied, according to a recent sur vey of more than 1800 Australian sheep producers. The sur vey, for the AWI Wool Production Forecasting Committee, was conducted in February by the Depar tment of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA). It revealed that Merinos made up 88 per cent of sheep older than 12 months on the sur veyed proper ties. Producers were asked about seasonal conditions, flock composition and their intentions for the coming season. AWI general manager of wool production Ian Rogan says the trend toward crossbreeding for prime-lamb production seems to have plateaued. "Grower intentions to increase prime-lamb production are now almost matched by the intent to increase Merino production," Mr Rogan says. "Seventy five per cent of producers intended to maintain their current mix of wool and prime lamb production, while 11 per cent intended to move more toward prime lamb, and seven per cent toward more wool production.This is a significant change from what we were hearing two years ago. "This is possibly due to a combination of recovering wool prices, the desire to maintain the number of self-replacing Merinos and the uncer tainty caused by the current drought." Kimbal Cur tis, from DAFWA, says the results show that Merino sheep continue to make up the backbone of the Australian flock in terms of producing wool and prime lambs through both pure-breeding and crossbreeding systems. "While the current drought has cer tainly meant that rebuilding the flock will take a number of years, 72 per cent of all sheep in Australia are ewes, which means the flock could recover relatively quickly," Mr Cur tis says. Consultation needed on livestock transport 3 AWI NEWS BEYOND THE BALE A public consultation period on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock (Land Transport Standards), and its associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), is expected to start later this month. During the public consultation period of 90 days, Animal Health Australia (AHA) will be seeking comments from anyone who may be affected by the guidelines as well as interested members of the public. In particular, AHA seeks comments on how well people believe: ú the draft Land Transport Standards specify requirements for protecting the welfare of livestock while being transported on land; and ú the associated RIS demonstrates the need for the Land Transport Standards and its costs and benefits. Interested parties or members of the public will have the choice of making their comments by completing a survey, which will target different sections of the Land Transport Standards and RIS, or writing their own submission. Submissions can be made via the internet (at www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au), email or post. Hard copies of the consultation package will be available upon request. The new Land Transport Standards will be based on the current Model Codes of Practice for the management and welfare of livestock during land transport, and will incorporate the national welfare standards and industry 'best-practice' guidelines for each species or enterprise.These new science- based standards will provide livestock-welfare outcomes that meet community and international expectations and reflect Australia's position as a leader in modern, sustainable and science-based welfare guidelines. More information:To request information about making a written submission or to obtain a hard copy of a consultation package, contact Animal Welfare Standards Public Consultation, 07 5429 8480, email@example.com New blowfly control project manager The full sur vey is available at www.wool com au AWI," Mr Rogan says. "He has invaluable experience gained through many years as the district livestock officer for sheep and wool in the Riverina region of NSW with the DPI. "For the past five years he has also been the NSW sheep ectoparasite-control coordinator, so his knowledge of production systems is second to none. As an accredited muleser, he also has hands-on experience that makes him ideal for this position with AWI." Mr Evans worked with the Livestock Contractors Association to develop a training program that now sits behind the National Mulesing Assurance Program (NMAP). He is the author of the training manual for NMAP. "I completed the accreditation program for mulesing because I wanted to know about the process involved in getting people to industry best-practice standards," Mr Evans says. "As one of the few scientists who is also an accredited muleser, this experience was invaluable for writing the NMAP training manual. "I'm committed to finding viable alternatives to mulesing. I have no illusions about how much work this will involve, but it's the equivalent of a gold medal for the industry.We will find something as effective as conventional mulesing." 200 REASONS TO CELEBRATE This year, the Australian wool industr y celebrates 200 years of successful international wool trade -- it was in 1807 that the first bale of Australian wool was sent to Britain to be sold, thus establishing the Australian wool trade.Today, Australia still stands firm as the world's leading producer of fine Merino wool. AWI, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, has established a series of local and international activities that mark and celebrate the 200th anniversary.This edition of Beyond the Bale includes an eight-page feature on this historic occasion, star ting on page 9. Ian Evans has been appointed as AWI's new project manager for blowfly control.The control program includes important research for AWI to deliver viable alternatives to conventional mulesing before 2010. AWI general manager for wool production Ian Rogan says Mr Evans has a strong history within the wool industry, working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for the past 16 years. "I'm very pleased Ian is joining TYRRELL PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION, POWERHOUSE MUSEUM Ian Evans
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