This document outlines a research, development and extension (RD&E) strategy to minimise the potential trade impacts on the Australian wool industry arising from emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreaks. The goal of the Australian Wool Industry Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness RD&E Strategy 2016/17-2018/19 is to develop and maintain a high level of preparedness in the Australian wool industry by:
- Maximising time- and cost-effectiveness of the Government/industry response;
- Minimising reputational damage to the Australian industry;
- Minimising disruption to flows of Australian wool to the world’s markets; and
- Achieving the most rapid possible return to normal business for wool growers and customers and others in the wool industry pipeline.
The Strategy builds upon the previous three-year strategy, which delivered:
- Advances in wool identification and traceability.
- The development of a prototype bale disinfection device, suitable for application in wool stores.
- Completion of the Wool Enterprise Manual, part of the AUSVETPLAN suite of EAD response documents.
- Confirmation through the World Organisation for Animal Health Ad Hoc Committee on Foot and Mouth Disease that a time/temperature relationship for deactivation of FMD virus based on a best-fit interpolation of three available data points would form an acceptable basis to managing time-based deactivation of virus in wool.
- Delivery of biosecurity awareness workshops to sheep producers.
- A range of communications and liaison activities with other wool producing countries and wool industry participants globally, as well as government.