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Beyond the Bale : Jun - July 08
genetic targets must keep ‘big picture’ in sight as woolgrowers assess the breeding goals for their flocks, flystrike resistance must come to the top of the list for the next few years, according to a south australian stud breeder who ceased mulesing in 2004. andrew Michael, who runs the ‘leahcim Poll Merino stud’ at snowtown, with his wife rosemary and sons luke, stewart and alistair, told the ‘Merinos without Mulesing’ information day, held by landmark at Wagga Wagga in southern nsW recently, that breeding for flystrike resistance is not about cutting less wool. “People confuse bare breech with plain bodied,” he says. “People say plain- bodied sheep don’t cut wool – bull. “We shore sheep in november last year that had never been mulesed. they cut plus-18 per cent of fleece weight on asBvs (australian sheep Breeding values) compared with other flocks within MerinoseleCt in australia.” the aim of ‘leahcim’ is to cut five kilograms of wool per head every six months, or 10kg a year from non-mulesed sheep. andrew Michael says no mulesing was about sixth on the list of priorities for the type of animal he has been trying to breed. rather, an animal that no longer needs to be mulesed was the result of seeking traits such as plain bodied, no wrinkle and internal parasite resistance. “those unmulesed lambs are also 3 to 5kg heavier at weaning compared with mulesed animals. so by the time you come to sell those lambs as prime lambs, the weight difference would be about 1.8kg. at $3.20/kg that’s an increase of $5.76.” andrew says that when factoring in the cost of mulesing or clip application, an unmulesed lamb could make him an extra $8.80, based on the weight difference and the saving in mulesing costs and time. in MerinoseleCt data, ‘leahcim’ has fleece weight asBvs of +17 (the australian Merino flock average is +4.4) and carcase weight asBvs of +4.1 (the average is +1.3). “then look at it this way: by selecting and investing in the right ram, which goes on to sire 50 lambs a year, which don’t need mulesing, for five years and that’s a return of $2200 on that flock. Who says you cannot afford to invest in the right genetics?” this said, andrew warns against selecting animals on any one trait, saying it leads to many flocks going backwards, and quickly. “selecting for bare breech only is the equivalent of micron madness. you have to keep in sight the whole picture,” he says. “growers have fantastic tools and resources through MerinoseleCt and other research projects. they should use them to get their sheep where they need to be.” – Kellie PenFolD More information: MERINOSELECT, 02 6773 2948; www.sheepgenetics.org.au andrew Michael of ‘leahcim Poll Merinos’, sa, with an unmulesed Merino from his stud. CHANGES RESHAPE AWI BOARD in april, the aWi Board elected Brian van rooyen, previously deputy chairman, as aWi’s new chairman. the appointment of Mr van rooyen followed the resignation of ian Mclachlan, who will remain on the Board as a director. Mr Mclachlan had previously indicated that he would not be standing for election at the next annual general meeting. aWi directors thanked Mr Mclachlan for his service as chairman and recognised his contribution to aWi and the wool industry during difficult and challenging times. the aWi Board has also increased the size of the Board from seven to 10 directors to better balance global business, finance, marketing and product innovation experience. new Board members are Ken Boundy, robyn Clubb and John Keniry aM. new aWi chairman Brian van rooyen says the new directors bring extensive experience in public company governance, global business strategy, marketing, finance and the commercialisation of innovation to the Board of aWi. “Following the integration of the Woolmark Company into aWi, we are running a much bigger and more complex company,” Mr van rooyen says. “the time is right to bring new skills and new people onto the Board. a larger, more diverse Board will give aWi the stability and continuity it needs to be effective into the future. “each of the three new directors has had successful careers in different business sectors, but all understand the paddock-to- consumer supply chain that aWi works with to add value for australian woolgrowers. these Board appointments are part of aWi’s transition from an australian r&D organisation to an international fibre research and marketing company.” the aWi constitution allows for a Board of up to 10 directors. Directors may be appointed to the Board at any time. in line with the constitution, the new directors would be required to seek shareholder endorsement at the next company agM. AWI news 3 AWI NEWS BEyOND THE BALE Mr Ken Boundy M.agr. sc, MBa, FaiCD, FaiM, Faist u Ken Boundy is a professional non-executive director and strategy consultant, with particular expertise in international marketing. his last full-time role, as managing director of tourism australia, embraced the international marketing of australia. Ken is an agricultural scientist who spent the early part of his career as a research agronomist and regional director of agriculture in victoria. subsequent leadership roles in the private sector have embraced global marketing and operations in the wine, food and building materials industries. he is currently a director of horticulture australia, Dexion, acelero and tarkine Wilderness. Ken has Masters degrees in Business administration and agricultural science. he is a Fellow of the australian institute of Company Directors, the australian institute of Management and the australian institute of agricultural science and technology. t Ms Robyn Clubb Bec, Ca, F.Fin, MaiCD robyn Clubb has experience as a senior executive and company director in the finance and funds- management sector. she is currently a director of elders rural Bank and the Beef CrC, deputy chair of the rice Marketing Board of nsW, and holds other public and private sector directorships. she is a former managing director of aMP Banking in new Zealand and held a number of senior management roles within the aMP group, Citibank, Prudential assurance Company australia ltd and hambros australia ltd. her international experience also included assignments in China and the uK. t Dr John Keniry aM, Bsc, PhD, FaiCD John Keniry is one of australian agribusiness’s most experienced and respected company directors and brings global business experience to the aWi Board. among his many public and private sector board roles he is chair of ridley Corporation, Biosignal, the institute for trade skills excellence, the sheep CrC and the Pork CrC, and a board member of the australian Farm institute, the nsW environment Protection authority and innovation australia. his previously held roles include Past President of the australian Chamber of Commerce and industry, former chair of the australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and of the australian Pesticides and veterinary Medicines authority, and member of the Prime Minister’s science, engineering and innovation Council. he was a director of Woolstock australia, and chaired WoolPoll 2000, 2003 and 2006 and the 2005 Commonwealth review of the live animal export industry. he owns a mixed farming and fine-wool property in Central Western nsW. Pho to: Kellie Pen Fol D For more information on how growers can prepare for the phase-out of mulesing see the ‘Road to 2010’ supplement with this edition of Beyond the Bale. aWi’s new chairman, Brian van rooyen.
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