A new workshop to help wool growers combat flystrikes has been successfully tested and will be available through AWI’s state grower networks from next month. The one-day workshop, titled SimpliFly™, will guide wool growers through an informative and interactive process for developing a property-specific, strategic plan and calendar for flystrike management.
While many wool growers know what flystrike is and deal with on a regular basis, AWI’s new SimpliFly™ workshop provides wool growers with best-practice, property-specific solutions, through farm and livestock planning and management.
Participants are guided through the short and long term ‘tools’ in their flystrike management toolbox that, when used in combination, are effective in addressing the complex flystrike challenge. In particular, the workshop demonstrates that no single tool offers a solution to prevent flystrike and that an integrated pest management approach is the best long-term approach.
“SimpliFly™ informs wool growers about all the different options or tools available to them to manage flystrike. The tools should be considered in combination,” said Dr. Jane Littlejohn, General Manager Research at AWI.
“The workshop will help wool growers understand the implications for their production system by not only using, but also removing or changing the timing of any of the flystrike management tools so that they can continue to effectively manage flystrike and improve the health and wellbeing of their crops.” their sheep.”
Proven, easy-to-understand format
Katelyn Millard, Will Kinghorn and Gareth Spring at the Hamilton (Vic) SimpliFly™ pilot workshop held earlier this year, adapting their flystrike management plan and annual calendar to their operations
Pilot workshops were held in Warren (NSW), Walcha (NSW), Campbell Town (Tas) and Hamilton (Vic). All attendees agreed that the workshop increased their understanding of flystrike management and 97% said the workshop had given them the confidence to make changes to the way they manage flystrike.
Angela Schuster, whose team co-developed SimpliFly™ with AWI and is a wool grower herself, explains: “There was already a significant amount of information available to wool growers on flystrike management, but until now it was in a disparate form and often very technical. rather than being feasible.
“SimpliFly™ brings this information together in an easy-to-understand, accessible format and provides resources that wool growers can use immediately on the farm to aid in their fight to control flystrike.”
“The workshop will be valuable for all wool growers, I especially found the calendar and the plan very useful, really practical. I can easily work with them and they will be very helpful in the operation.”
Cam Munro, General Manager of Egelabra Merino Stud
Cam attended the Warren (NSW) pilot SimpliFly™ workshop in 2021
In April and May, more than 35 advisors completed the training and accreditation process to equip them with the information to deliver the workshop to wool growers. Another train-the-trainer workshop is planned for July in WA.
Nathan Scott, one of the accredited deliverers, said this from his experience teaching the workshop to wool growers: “Everyone knows flystrike, but the workshop really provides practical tips that can help us reduce the risks and make more effective use of it. range of management options available I now know more about flystrike management than ever before.”
Property-specific and practical tools
Colin and Suzie Jones will use the Chemical Dial Wheel at the Campbell Town (Tas) SimpliFly™ Pilot Workshop in March to consider the types of preventative chemicals to use and when to apply them.
Participants leave the workshop with resources adapted to their specific real estate and management approach.
The company-wide management calendar is designed to integrate flystrike management activities with other farm management activities such as ranching and pasture management, as well as much-needed vacations!
Attendees will also learn about the helpful interactive features available online from FlyBoss to help manage flystrike, including the FlyBoss tools. With the FlyBoss tools, wool growers can determine the flystrike risk periods in their area and test the effectiveness and timing of various management activities in controlling flystrike, such as crutches and shearing, chemical treatments, breeding for flystrike resistance and mulesing.
SimpliFly™ participants will also receive a series of fact sheets and case studies on fly attack management, management of chemical blowfly resistance, and best practice procedures in mulesing, including the use of analgesia and anesthesia.
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