AWI grower networks
AWI's grower networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice.
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Maintaining healthy, productive sheep for Australian woolgrowers is a foundation of AWI's long-term strategy.
AWI is at the forefront of research to prevent and treat flystrike, lice, worms and infectious diseases in sheep. Research is delivering practical tools to protect sheep from these major health and welfare threats.
From uncovering better methods for tackling parasites through to managing plans to counter the threat of exotic diseases, the adoption of new technologies and practices developed by AWI indicates our commitment to animal health.
In 2004, The IPM-sheep (Integrated Parasite Management sheep) project funded by Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (AWI) conducted a large national survey to benchmark parasite control practices in sheep in Australia.
In 2011 AWI and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) commissioned this follow up survey, Benchmarking Australian Sheep Parasite Control.
The objectives of the survey were to:
AWI has in place a proactive, intensive and committed flystrike prevention program.
FlyBoss is an online woolgrower tool developed by AWI, the Sheep CRC and industry partners, with the latest information on how to reduce the risk of flystrike through management and breeding, and how to treat flystrike outbreaks.
AWI tools for best practice lice control help minimise woolgrowers' costs and chemical use, and improve clip quality. New lice diagnostic tests and environmentally-friendly lousicides are in the pipeline.
New AWI products and practices for managing worms and scouring are available to keep sheep healthy and productive. Woolgrowers can access all new information online at WormBoss.