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the world's nest wool, supplying 90 percent
of the wool used in the global apparel market.
China is still Australia's key market, with the
Chinese wool textile industry dominating
world trade in wool and accounting for just
under half of the global imports of raw wool.
Ovine Johne's disease
The Australian sheep industry has agreed on
revised arrangements for a National Ovine
Johne's Disease (OJD) Management Plan to take
e ect from 1 July, which will enable producers to
take a risk-management approach to their farm
biosecurity. The plan for 2013-18 was developed
following extensive consultation with producers,
industry and State Governments.
Central to the plan is a new National Sheep
Health Statement, which is the most important
disease risk assessment tool that provides
producers with the relevant information to
make informed purchasing decisions. The
Statement will provide advice on the health
status of sheep - not just OJD - and will allow
buyers to assess disease risks against their own
Industry-wide response to wild
In February 2013, WoolProducers initiated a
project to develop a National Wild Dog Action
Plan. The project has the full support of the
national Vertebrate Pests Committee, National
Wild Dog Management Advisory Group as
well as Governments, peak industry grazing
organisations and researchers.
The project aims to bring improved
coordination and promote best practice
standards across the varying State and regional
approaches now in place, together with lists of
agreed control measures, organisation plans
and funding options. The chairman of the
project steering committee, WoolProducers
Vice President Jim McKenzie, said wild dogs
have become an increasing problem across all
grazing industries on mainland Australia.
WoolProducers has fought to extend the
tenure of the Cooperative Research Centre
for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC),
including actively working with other peak
national bodies, research and development
corporations, universities and numerous other
stakeholders towards a competitive extension
bid for the Sheep CRC since mid-2012.
New health and welfare standards
WoolProducers are working with other industry
organisations to endorse a national mulesing
standard to be included in the Agriculture,
Horticulture and Conservation and Land
Management Training Package. This work will
help strengthen the quality and availability of
best practice training and accreditation in this
Flystrike is a serious health and welfare risk
for Australian sheep, which has been the case
since early 1900s when the Lucilia cuprina
blow y was accidentally introduced to
Australia. Around three million sheep a year
die as a result of ystrike in Australia and many
more are a ected by non-fatal strikes.
Flystrike costs $280 million annually in
treatment costs and lost production associated
with ystrike. When a strike occurs, blow y
eggs laid on the skin of the sheep hatch
into larvae, which feed on the sheep's tissue.
Flystrike can produce in ammation, general
systemic toxaemia, and even death.
Earlier this year, WoolProducers joined other
peak industry bodies in calling on the Federal
Government to continue its support for the
live export industry and stand rmly behind
Australia's wool and sheep meat producers.
Moves by animal rights protesters and the
Greens to force the Federal Government to
ban the export of live sheep would have
disastrous consequences for Australia's 55,000
Australian woolgrowers and the people who
depend on the live export trade to sustain their
farming operations and sustain the regional
communities in which they live.
Woolgrowers across Australia shared the
widespread repugnance over mistreatment
and slaughter of a shipment of Australian
sheep in Pakistan. But WoolProducers believes
that it is critical to support the trade and its
continuous improvements in animal welfare, to
ensure this trade, vital for thousands of farming
families and their communities, can continue.
After all, Australia is the only country in the
world investing in improving animal welfare in
the countries it exports livestock to. If Australia
was to exit livestock export, our overseas
markets would simply source their animals
from countries that have little or no interest
in animal welfare. This would unfortunately
lead to a general decline in animal welfare
standards in many overseas countries.
TOP RIGHT The late Rod Thirkell-Johnston AM receiving
his life membership from the Australian Superfine
Wool Growers' Association.BOTTOM RIGHT WoolProducers
Australia President Geoff Power
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