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Beyond the Bale : Jun - Jul 08 Supplement
this Beyond the Bale supplement is published by australian Wool Innovation Limited (AwI), a company funded by Australian sheep and wool producers and the Australian government. Executive Editor: richard smith, senior project manager, publications, AwI AwI, level 30, 580 george st, sydney nsw 2000 AwI, gpo Box 4177, sydney nsw 2001 P (02) 8295 3100 F (02) 8295 4100 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.woolinnovation.com.au AwI helpline 1800 070 099 Subscription: Beyond the Bale and supplement are available free. to subscribe, contact richard smith at AwI on (02) 8295 3100, email email@example.com Beyond the Bale is online at www.wool.com.au Copyright: material in the Beyond the Bale supplement is copyright. reproduction of the material is encouraged. however due acknowledgement is required. disclaimer: Information in the Beyond the Bale supplement is not intended as professional advice. AwI will not accept responsibility for any liability arising from reliance on the contents. the Beyond the Bale supplement is written and produced for AwI by Coretext Pty Ltd Editorial director: Brad Collis Editor: robin taylor Creative director: tim Claeys Coretext, po Box 12542, melbourne Vic 8006 P (03) 9670 1168 F (03) 9670 1127 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.coretext.com.au ISSN: 1447-9680 wool deClArAtIon IdentIfIes mulesIng stAtus of wool p3 A leArnIng CurVe p4 towArds A BreedIng solutIon p6 lookIng At the BIg genetIC pICture p7 good mAnAgement prACtICes to lessen fly rIsk p9 prepArIng for the phAse-out of mulesIng p10 BreeCh And tAIl ClIps offer multIple BenefIts p12 IntrAdermAl reseArCh hones In on new Compound p14 mAppIng the trAnsItIon to A mulesIng-free future p15 By Geoff Lindon, AWI N ow is the time for woolgrowers to start looking at strategies for their business in readiness for the phasing out of mulesing. This Beyond the Bale supplement provides an overview of the variety of strategies now being used by woolgrowers in preparation for the phasing out of mulesing by the end of 2010. With less than three years before the phase- out is complete, woolgrowers need to decide now on their own integrated breech blowfly-strike management strategy. Between them, Australia’s 55,000 woolgrowers have an enormous range of business philosophies and aspirations, which will have an overriding effect on the mix of solutions each wool-growing business chooses. Although some of the practices in this supplement are not yet being carried out by many woolgrowers, and some are not applicable to all climatic regions and sheep types, they are nonetheless strategies that woolgrowers can consider using in their progress towards 2010. AWI has fast-tracked a number of its research and development (R&D) programs. The company is currently undertaking R&D on a number of mulesing alternatives, including clips, intradermal injections and breeding. By 2010, each woolgrower will choose their own strategy using a wide range of tools provided by a range of options and businesses. There are a growing number of commercial and seedstock producers in Australia who have made excellent progress in breeding bare-breech sheep and plain sheep. Woolgrowers are already starting to decide on and implement their integrated breech blowfly- strike management strategies. A national survey of Australian sheep producers in February 2008 by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), found that 23 per cent of sheep producers do not intend to mules their lambs this year (compared with 11 per cent in 2005), and 32 per cent of lambs born in 2008 will not be mulesed. It is important to remember why Australian wool and sheep industry leaders expressed, in November 2004, their unanimous commitment to the phasing out of mulesing. The commitment was made to reassure the industry’s international markets and clients, following concerns expressed by international retailers and consumers about mulesing. The Australian wool and sheep industry remains committed to this decision. Australian woolgrowers have had an enviable reputation for their animal husbandry practices with their success being based on producing healthy and contented animals in a natural and sustainable environment. The world is changing. Without the phasing out of mulesing, our industry would be in danger of losing vital international customers and thus be putting at risk the livelihoods of Australia’s woolgrowers. By adopting new technologies and practices to combat flystrike, Australian woolgrowers will indicate to their international customers their continued commitment to animal health and welfare and help secure the future of our industry. ú More information: www.wool.com.au/2010 preparing for the phase-out of mulesing In thIs Issue oVerVIew It’s imperative to show international consumers that Australian woolgrowers have the highest animal welfare standards. Photo: LeonIe ScArLett Beyond the BALe roAd to 010 SuPPLeMent p6 p12
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