Executive Summaries

WoolProducers Australia executive summaries will be made available following both the Health and Welfare Advisory Committee Meeting and the Executive Board Meeting. H&W Advisory Committee Meetings and Executive Board Meetings are held quarterly.

WoolProducers’ upcoming meeting dates are:

  • 13 November (H&W) & 14 November (Exec), 2019
  • 27 February (H&W) & 28 February (Exec), 2020
  • 20 May (H&W) & 21 May (Exec), 2020


Health and Welfare Board Advisory Committee

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

28 February 2018

CANBERRA

 

Meeting commenced 8:30 am

 

CALL FOR GENERAL BUSINESS

  • NSW Farmers – Johne’s taskforce.
  • China Husbandry Expo – May 2018

 

MEMBER ISSUES

  • WAFF Wool Committee request for compulsory reports on disease status from abattoirs to individual producer.

Response – All producers sending their sheep to abattoirs that participate in the NSHMP have the ability, through the Livestock Data Link, to get information on conditions tested in their consignments. LDL can be accessed by logging into the “My MLA” profile. The testing is ‘random’ and as such not every sheep, or every consignment of sheep is tested.  In WA 320,000 sheep were inspected last quarter and OJD inspection available “on request”.

 

  • Livestock SA request for funding for a Biosecurity Officer in SA due to a gap between SA and the national Biosecurity programs because there is not Biosecurity officer (other states have an LBN representative). Discussion on alternatives such as Victorian VFF model. Discussion also on LBN funding, advice was provided that there had been a change in LBN funding arrangements, which may have an impact on WPA’s decision on this issue.

 

ACTION WPA to clarify current funding arrangements of LBN

 

  • Livestock SA raised a motion that the National Wool Declaration (NWD) be changed so that the person signing the NWD provides the suppliers name and invoice number for the product used in pain relief for mulesing.

The motion was discussed and no disagreement from the Committee, however it was felt that there is already an integrity system in place to cover the use of pain relief products.

 

Policy Director Report

The Policy Director report was discussed with the following points of note:

  • Release of the Dominion movie late in March, trailer shown to Committee for information and noting that there is a combined livestock industry communications strategy to manage messaging.

 

Policy Officer Report

The Policy Officer report was noted with the following points of note:

  • Lamb Survival project update
ACTION WPA to write to SPA to indicate intention to remain involved in the Lamb Survival work

 

AWI R&D Update – Geoff Lindon AWI Welfare Advocacy Manager

Breech Strike R&D and technical update:

  • R&D update and history of breech strike
  • NZ as of 1 October 2017 banned mulesing (i.e. punishable offence to continue mulesing). 1 Oct 2019 new regulation comes in around pain relief and marking
  • Key areas breech strike R&D:
  • Breeding and selection
  • Breech modification
  • Improved management practices
  • Wool grower industry and domestic extension
  • International supply chain communication
  • Research into mulesing alternatives
  • Pain relief products: reasonable competition in the market place
  • NMAP
  • New blowfly control technologies – Gene sequencing. 26 genes of particular interest. High tech, long term
  • Pain relief figures discussed and concerns about transparency

 

Mulesing Discussion

  • The Committee discussed industry leadership to protect the right of growers to continue mulesing into the future. It was agreed to put some actions around the policy we developed last year.

 

ACTION A one-page action list to be prepared for discussion at next meeting

 

  • Discussion about use of the NWD as a condition of sale. This will assist with more accurate and transparent figures regarding use of pain relief.

 

RECOMMENDATION TO BOARD WoolProducers approach AWEX again regarding NWD becoming a condition of sale in acknowledgement that the SHD in now a condition of sale for AuctionsPlus

 

Victorian Animal Welfare Code

  • The Committee discussed the changes in Victoria regarding the public sector group called Animal Welfare Victoria, as well as the recently released strategy. WPA will keep a watching brief on the issue.

 

Sheep Sustainability Strategy

  • An update was given on the progress with the Sustainability Strategy. The sustainability framework group agreed that the group would continue to work together on this issue, but it will no longer be a framework, rather a ‘hub’ of information on industry sustainability credentials.

 

Traceability

  • The committee discussed SheepCatcher II and the 2014 Decision Regulatory Impact Statement which articulate that the current status quo in regards to sheep traceability is not meeting standards and the need to look at a future system.
  • The Committee discussed the current Victorian system and the transition to individual ID in that state. There is recognition that eID would not solve all of the problems but it would certainly improve the level of sheep traceability nationally should there be the need to call on it e.g. in the case of an EAD outbreak. Fully integrated traceability system with common technology across the states is a sound future state.

 

  • A policy change was recommended:

 

RECOMMENDATION TO BOARD That WPA supports a fully integrated traceability system that meets the national traceability standards

 

 

NSHMP Update

  • Provision of date from the NSHMP was discussed in light of other parties not willing to provide at cost price. Development of value of data will be required and AHA will seek information on the value of this data.
  • WPA representatives on the Footrot Working Group discussed.
  • Discussion on Footrot including the Auctions Plus terms of sale footrot related question discussed and need for notifiability of footrot being questioned in some states.

 

NOJDMP and SheepMAP review updates

  • An overview of the two reviews and the level of engagement and media interest was given.
  • The SheepMAP review has already closed and report is expected in April.
  • The NOJDMP review is open until 12 March. All Committee members were encouraged to make a submission.

 

Feral Pig Action Plan 

  • An update on progress with this project was given. The next step is to aim to have pigs recognised as “established pests”.

 

ACTION  Work on Feral Pig Action Plan will continue

 

Biosecurity Strategy

  • Successful workshop held on the 27 February with excellent collaboration between all areas of the sheep industry
  • Reference committee to be formed

 

Brokers and Agents EAD Training

  • An update on this project was provided noting that the process is now well under way, with the consultants developing materials and working with steering committee.

 

Nepal Real Time FMD Training

  • An update was provided on the success of the program and the applicants for the 2018 courses.

 

Other EAD Training

  • Liaison training: 29 May 2018, Melbourne
  • Any other states that wish to hold Liaison training, please contact Amanda
  • CCEAD training for industry vets is being held in March. We have three vets being training, sourced through the EAD network we have developed and through the Sheep, Goat and Camelid Vet association.

 

Sheep CRC

  • Presentation from Lewis Kahn, the Sheep CRC’s program leader for animal wellbeing on AskBill which gives farm input and meteorological data from the BOM combined, including quality assurance measures such as a daily log on fly strike.
  • Commercialisation discussions are continuing.

 

 

Member Issues

  • Member feedback suggested that feet, lice and worms were the main issues affecting the animal health and welfare space. The committee agreed by consensus that these should be priority areas for WPA to focus on, in addition to mulesing and flystrike. Live transport was also acknowledged as an issue.
  • An update on the CISS and the 10 year research and investment plan was given. A more detailed report will be given at the next meeting.

 

Next Meeting

  • 30 May, 2018, Melbourne

 

Meeting closed: 4.30pm

 

 

Minutes – Executive Summary

 

Thursday, 1 March, 2018

AHA

95 Northbourne Avenue

Turner, ACT, 2616

 

Meeting opened – 8:30am

 

Call for General Business

  • NSW Farmers; Q Fever Vaccination
  • WPA Animal Health and Welfare Advisory Committee Meeting

 

Health and Welfare Resolutions

 

MOTION That WPA supports a fully integrated traceability system that meets the national traceability standards

 

MOTION WoolProducers approach AWEX again regarding NWD becoming a condition of sale in acknowledgement that the SHD in now a condition of sale for AuctionsPlus

 

Minutes of Previous Meetings

GIC Update – Advice received that money will be paid out of the 15th of February (WA received a letter), however to date no money has been received

 

ACTION CEO to follow up with GIC regarding the payment of dividends to shareholders

 

President’s Report                                                                         

The President’s Report was noted with the following points of note:

  • November meeting with President and CEO of SheepProducers Australia
  • 2018 priority setting
  • Shearing industry drug and alcohol policy finalisation
  • Industry Consultative Committee

CEO Report                                                                                        

The CEO’s Report was noted. Points of note included:

  • Sheep sustainability framework update
  • Meeting with Woolworths regarding mulesing
  • Government and ministerial relations
  • NSWFA Board Meeting

 

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Report (Confidential)

The CEO spoke to the tabled report in conjunction with the second quarter financial reporting, revised budget and administrative shared services proposal. Discussion included:

  • Leadership in Agriculture Fund income
  • Shared Services Model

Member Issues

NSWFA Motion – Shearing Safety

  • It was agreed that this issue would be discussed at the Shearing Safety agenda item

 

WA Farmers – Objective measurement of moisture in sheep at shearing

 

ACTION Clarify from WA Farmers if they have written to AWI and AWEX regarding the objective measurement of moisture in sheep at shearing time

 

Governance

Priority Setting Update

The tabled paper was discussed, with a focus on:

  • Director engagement
  • State verse national interests
  • Member communications
  • Strategic training for Board
  • Relationships with key stakeholders

 

Policy Determination

2018 Policy Issues

The tabled paper was noted and discussed. Focus areas for policy 2018:

  • Mulesing
  • Traceability
  • OJD and Sheep MAP Reviews
  • Graziers Investment Company
  • Wool RD&E strategy

 

New Projects for 2018:

Feral Pigs Action Plan – already discussed in H&W agenda

Leadership in Agriculture – to be discussed at Agenda Item 2.3

Shearing Safety

 

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • AWI Independent Review
    • Independent review announced Tuesday 27 February
    • CEO and President met with Elizabeth Scott (Minister Littleproud’s Advisor) on 28 February, to discuss concern with independence of the review. Further clarification was sought on the process, including the methodology. It was highlighted that previous reviews were not deemed independent. DAWR will be involved in this review, WPA insisted that industry be involved.
  • EOIs for the review process have been sent out by DAWR and has not included anyone who has undertaken the process in the past
  • A list of issues to be included into the review submission has been collated
  • WPA to continue push to be Representative Organisation for wool industry

 

ACTION CEO to meet with NFF, Minister Littleproud’s office and DAWR to discuss AWI Independent Review of Performance in the next week

 

AWI Presentation – Peta Slack-Smith and Emma Gittoes

Review of Performance

  • Statutory requirement to do review of performance every three years
  • Independent company will be commissioned by the government. The terms of reference (ToR) include governance and industry interviews. The additional matters (5) within TOR were determined by the senate committee and drafted by DAWR
  • AWI welcome the review
  • Government can at any time under the Statutory Funding Agreement look into additional matters
  • This review will be funded 50:50 between AWI and government
  • Review of Performance needs to be completed and sent out with the WoolPoll voting papers

 

Concerns around independence and media reporting were raised and it was confirmed that the Department is solely undertaking selection of the independent reviewer.

 

WoolPoll

  • Commenced preparation November 2017, with Syd Lawrie selected by AWI as WoolPoll Panel Chair
  • Selection Committee was convened for the first time to appoint the panel, including representatives from DAWR, an AWI director (Jock Laurie), ICC representative (Richard Halliday) and Syd Lawrie
  • 32 nominations received for panel
  • AWI created a shortlist, and developed a selection criteria. The shortlist and full list of nominees were provided to the selection committee for decision on final panel
  • Diverse panel created
  • Role and responsibilities, roles of panel vs roles of AWI according to the legislation and communication ideas were discussed at the initial Panel meeting
  • Next meeting, end of March, followed by a meeting May
  • July/Aug for rollout

 

Questions around transparency and accountability around the levy options were raised. A letter to SFOs, state stud breeders for advice on levy options will be sent from the Panel chair.

 

It was advised that Panel members will need complete confidence that process and transparency are to the highest possible accountability. AWI advised that it was the decision of the WoolPoll chair to not disclose to the Panel the outcome of responses from consulted groups on rate recommendations. WPA Board noted that this was not appropriate.

 

An overview of animal welfare and supply sustainability was provided, noting that traceability is of high importance to the trade.

 

The NWD is an important tool that can be utilised for provenance and product integrity. It was advised that the NWD being a condition of sale would be strongly supported by the consumer end of the supply chain.

 

WoolPoll

Discussions surrounded:

  • unanimous agreement between WPA WoolPoll Panel members that the Panel has only been convened for promotion
  • AWI still make the decision on the levy options
  • From the information provided at the Panel meeting, justification of accountability to rationalise any kind of increase is missing
  • 5% must be included in the levy options
  • Panel members recommended that the previously used position by AWI of ‘if growers are not happy vote zero’, should not be used as growers shouldn’t have to be put in the position of using the levy as a measure of performance of the AWI Board
  • The road show is an expensive activity and cannot be justified

 

Leadership in Agriculture Fund – Raising the Baa

The tabled paper was discussed.

  • WPA in-kind contribution is now $240,000
  • Redirection of funds may be useful to the board for strategic planning purposes, however this will require an amendment to the activity plan

 

Shearing Safety

The finalised policy was considered. The ‘may be entitled to pay’ reference was discussed –  this was the compromise position with the AWU, given there is provision for this in the award, although not specified. There will be a joint media release with members of the reference group to announce the policy’s finalisation.

 

MOTION That WoolProducers ratifies the Shearing Industries Drug & Alcohol Policy

 

The Shearing Industries Drug & Alcohol Reference Group will continue to meet

Issues being raised:

  • Scalping incident in central western NSW due to overhead gear
  • Size of sheep

 

The NSW Farmers motion to consider rebate opportunities to encourage wool growers to upgrade their shearing facilities was considered.

 

Discussions surrounded the fact that there are no minimum standards only best practice guidelines for shearing shed safety. There was acknowledgement that the use of belt driven overhead gear is a safety concern and that wool growers should be encouraged to look at the safety of their equipment and remind them of their duty of care responsibilities. Suitable working environment including amenities will be part of the awareness.

 

It was discussed at the priority setting day that WPA could initiate a promotional campaign surrounding shearing shed upgrades to improve shearing safety.

 

MOTION That WoolProducers develop a national awareness campaign regarding safe work environments in the shearing industry

 

The increasing size of sheep has also been raised in the context of being a safety concern. This could be a research opportunity.

 

SheepCRC

An update of the current situation was provided.

 

The Board considered the letter from the SheepCRC and determined that more information will need to be provided before the 20th of March SheepCRC Participants Meeting. WPAs decision will be contingent on the outcome of the response to the below action item.

 

Transaction Levy Review

The tabled paper was discussed. It was noted that in-principle support has been given to the review previously. The Board reiterated that WPA were best placed to represented wool growers in this review, given that wool growers contribute significantly to the transaction levy.

 

ACACA Grant Proposal

The tabled paper was noted.

 

MOTION WPA agrees to make an application for funding from the ACACA Program: Grant to Grow Trade with China

 

Representation

Industry Services Advisory Committee (ISAC)

A verbal update was provided, including:

  • The next meeting will be held on 26 March
  • Recent media from AWEX regarding the misuse of stencils particularly by those who have not completed training

 

It was also reported that the AWI CEO presented at the VFF Livestock Committee and stated that a Woolmark stencil will be provided to all growers to brand bales. It was thought that this could compromise the integrity of the brand.

 

ACTION President to raise Woolmark branding at next ICC meeting

 

Discussion surrounded the fact that there are now three E-specifications being developed by AWI, AWEX and AWH. Disappointment was noted that the two industry service providers are unable to work together, resulting in duplication in expenditure of funds ultimately paid by wool growers.

 

AWI Industry Consultative Committee

The information from the ICC Information Pack was noted. It was noted that the report on the New Zealand mulesing trip has not yet been received.

 

General Business

  • The NSWFA motion on Q Fever was discussed.

 

MOTION WPA is to write to the Australian Meat Industry Corporation to support the development of a new Q fever vaccination

 

WPA Animal Health and Welfare Advisory Committee Membership

It was agreed that WPA would offer the opportunity for:

  • Representative (as observer) from SPA be invited to H&W Committee
  • Representative (as observer) from AHA be invited to H&W Committee

 

Both of these positions will be self-funding.

 

ACTION Write to SPA and AHA inviting them to provide a representative to attend the WPA Animal Health and Welfare Advisory Committee meetings in the capacity of observer

 

2018 Meetings

  • 30 (H&W) & 31 May (Exec), 2018, Melbourne
  • 30 (H&W) & 31 August (Exec), 2018, TBC
  • 14 (H&W) & 15 November (Exec & AGM), 2018, Sydney

 

 

Meeting close: 4.00pm

 

 

 

WPA Executive Summary

Friday, 31 August 2018

 

 

Animal H&W Resolutions

 

MOTION That WPA inform AHA that the current SHD review will cease until South Australian arrangements are finalised.

 

MOTION WPA to approach AHA to conduct a scoping study for a gene bank for sheep reproductive materials to be developed in Australia for EAD recovery

 

Matters Arising

 

ACTION Send SFOs update on GIC and also a point of contact with Grant Thornton

 

President’s Report

The President’s Report was noted with the following points of note:

  • AWI Review
  • Staff arrangements

CEO’s report

The CEO’s Report was noted. Points of note included:

  • Staffing arrangements
  • Defamation threat against WPA
  • GIC
  • APH meetings
  • AHA Service Level Agreement

 

Financials

Animal Health Australia

A comprehensive overview of the wool levies and the new service level agreement.

 

AHAs Financial Team presented to the Board on the back-office services being provided to WPA and an overview on AHA finances.

 

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Report (Confidential)

The CEO spoke to the tabled report in conjunction with the unaudited fourth quarter and 2017/18 financial reporting.

 

The audit process has started earlier than usual in order to try and provide AHA with baseline figures to start the financial reporting.

 

Member issues – WA Farmers

 

ACTION Request AuctionsPlus to present at our next board meeting regarding WoolTrade

 

ACTION Refer the WoolMark question to ICC, seeking clarification on if the WoolMark has been removed from broad wool products

 

ACTION WPA to seek an update from NSW Farmers on the Consumer Perceptions and NFF Building Trust Committee

 

Policy Determination

AWI

Review

 

Discussion to develop a strategy for WPA to handle the issues surrounding the review, the lead up to the AGM, collaborate and take other industry groups along as we implement the strategy, and work for a good outcome for wool growers.

 

End goal:

To have all 82 recommendations implemented as there is a need to modernise the organisation; recommendations were handed down by an independent review to better the organisation.

 

AWI WoolPoll

Discussion around the WoolPoll levy and why WPA would advocate for 1.5% as the recommended rate:

  • It is the amount wool growers decide they want to contribute to industry RD&E
  • It shows leadership from WoolProducers
  • It enables a sufficient sum of money to be provided to RD&E
  • It enables good growers to have money reserved for increasing production

 

MOTION WPA recommend 1.5% as the levy option that wool growers should vote for

 

SheepCRC

 

The tabled paper was noted, including the numerous times that WPA has raised these unresolved questions with CRC or SPA to no avail.

 

Wool RD&W Strategy

A verbal update on the recent meeting held on 22 August. There are likely to be strategies that WPA can fund independently. Potential to collaborate with AWI and other bodies including SPA and SAMRAC.

 

WPA has followed up with SPA and SAMRAC on lamb mortalities and the future SISP.

 

National Representation

Sheep Producers Australia – Chris Mirams and Graham Smith

SPA gave an overview of the red meat industry structure. Red meat MOU is under review.

 

Merge discussions:

  • Review of all the discussions
  • SPA Board committed to this process, want to form sub-committee to progress this
  • Need to develop a strategy and decide what the vision of a merged entity looks like

 

WPA and SPA CEOs have met and taken account of previous meeting minutes. SPA resolved to form a sub-committee. SPA would volunteer the Chair, CEO and one other Director to work together to develop a strategic pathway to commence looking into a merger.

 

MOTION That WPA participate in a joint subcommittee to investigate a merger with SPA.

 

The chair spoke that the financial considerations of the merger must form part of the joint subcommittee’s Terms of Reference.

 

Representation

AWEX

The tabled report was taken as read, including:

  • Woolclasser training
  • eBale
  • WoolClip
  • NWD updates

ISAC

A verbal update was provided. ISAC has not met since the last meeting. The review is not completed but is due by end of August. This was taken as noted.

 

AWTA

The tabled report was taken as read, including:

  • Raw Wool Australia
  • Product Testing
  • Agrifood Technology
  • New Zealand Wool Testing Authority

 

ICC

Likely that there will be an October ICC. WPA will send a reminder to States to provide issues/concerns once notification from AWI is received.

 

ACTION WPA to provide shearing shed design and seek clarification on if the WoolMark logo is used on broad wool products at the next ICC meeting

 

FAWO

The tabled report was noted. A further update including that FAWO are undergoing a restructure.

 

MOTION That WPA pay the 2018/19 membership subscription to FAWO.

 

General Business

NFF Trade Committee

China-USA trade war and effects on wool have been discussed.

 

NFF Farming Systems

  • Animal welfare policy is vague.
  • Office of Animal Welfare – it could potentially be established

 

 

Footrot

Estimated Breeding Value for Footrot in NZ

  • Research being conducted in Australia
  • WA didn’t believe it was an issue but the work would be done on behalf of the industry

 

Next Meetings

  • 21 (H&W) & 22 (Exec & AGM) November, Sydney
  • 28 (H&W) February & 1 March (Exec), 2019
  • 30 (H&W) & 31 May (Exec), 2019

 

 

WPA H&W Committee Meeting – Executive Summary
22 November 2018

Matters Arising
ACTION WPA to recirculate paper on valuation and compensation to members.
ACTION WPA to put forward potential names of journalists to send for Real-time FMD training and send to DAWR.

Member Issues
Members provided a brief update on activities they have undertaken since last meeting and issues they are facing. Issues included shearing shed safety, drought and biosecurity. Other issues are outlined below.

SA OJD Trading Rules
AVA requested an update from South Australia given they suggested there would be a decision point around this time. Livestock SA reported that the issue has not advanced other than that the regional biosecurity areas are recognised as they have been. SA is still one large biosecurity area. It is thought there is not enough robustness in the regional biosecurity area for SA to have sufficient control or claim higher assurance, however SA will promote a buyer beware approach.

Animal cruelty allegations in industry
The AVA flagged they are continuing to receive footage from activists taken in abattoirs and shearing sheds of animal cruelty and suggested activists do not believe the issue is lessening.
The AVA believes action is required to produce changes to protect the industry. Targeting shearing is at the fundamental level of wool production.

The recent PETA campaign was discussed and noted that the shearing footage is old but the lamb marking footage is new. The issue is that when animal husbandry procedures are taken out of context with no explanation of why it is being done it can be detrimental to industry.

WPA provided an interview with ABC Country Hour regarding the footage and maintained our position that cruelty is not condoned and anyone who inflicts cruelty onto an animal should be prosecuted. WPA also raised in this interview that groups who receive this footage need to encourage the providers to take it to the relevant authority.
ACTION WPA to raise in shearing labour working group that a desktop study into the cost of different pay rates be conducted that looks at ways different wages can be considered to provide good animal welfare outcomes.

Policy Manager Report
The Committee noted the Policy Manager’s report. Verbal updates were provided on WPA’s work with AHA, the NFF Trade Committee, the DAWR
Levies Review and Lamb Survivability work with SPA.

National mulesing accreditation update
The committee noted the update. Work is progressing on finalising the current documents for publishing.

Animal welfare statement
Rowan McMonnies from Australian Eggs presented on the process the egg industry has been involved with in response to consumer perceptions about caged eggs and other intensive practices. The H&W Committee worked through the WPA draft animal welfare statement and approved for it to be forwarded to the WPA Executive for endorsement.

MOTION That the WPA H&W Committee endorses the current draft animal welfare
statement and seeks WPA Board approval for the statement to be adopted
as policy.

Ram sedation
The issue was discussed and it was decided that WPA will monitor the situation but it is not necessary to progress the issue.

Pain relief and mulesing discussion
The H&W Committee agreed that for mulesing to continue to be accepted as a fly strike mitigation procedure, pain relief for mulesing will need to be mandated. Given the WPA Animal Welfare Statement highlights our policy that husbandry procedures be conducted to the highest standard, it is now necessary to mandate pain relief. The argument of increased production costs from using pain relief was discussed, but given the small cost
this imposes on production, the argument was deemed not strong enough to present a risk to mandatory pain relief being taken as WPA’s policy position.

Breed groups sitting on the H&W Committee supported the argument that increased production costs are redundant. The Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders believe there should be a push from WPA and other Merino groups to state governments seeking the use of pain relief when mulesing is made mandatory. The Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association’s position is that pain relief is used when mulesing.

Given the looming appointment of an Inspector General for Animal Welfare, the group agreed that the industry will hold more opportunity for continuing mulesing if industry proactively leads to mandate compulsory pain relief. The group agreed that a sound implementation strategy will need to be developed for implementing mandatory pain relief if it is endorsed by the WPA Executive as policy for the organisation.

It was determined that the benefits of mandating pain relief for mulesing far outweigh the risks identified by the H&W Committee, particularly in the current social licence climate being experienced in agriculture.

MOTION WPA calls for the mandatory use of pain relief for mulesing.

Feral pig plan
ACTION WPA to formulate a feral pig action plan proposal in collaboration with relevant industry groups.

National biosecurity statement update
ACTION WPA to write a letter to the pre-budget allocation consultation to allocate funding to the NBS implementation.

National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy (NSIBS) implementation
The H&W Committee noted the update on the implementation strategy for NSIBS.

CISS presentation
Andreas Glanznig, CEO and Helen Cathles, Chair, Centre for Invasive Species (CISS) presented an overview of the structure and RD&E portfolio of the Centre. WPA raised that the Centre should not isolate control by species but instead use the vertebrate pest portfolio for all vertebrate pests, such as pigs, deer and dogs.

Sheep Health Project (SHP) update
An update on the SHP was provided to the H&W Committee. The H&W Committee considered the candidates who were provided by AHA to be considered for Chair of the Sheep Health Project.

National wild dog action plan
A request for funding of a Review of the NWDAP was discussed.
MOTION That WPA agree to fund the review of the NWDAP through AHA wool industry funds.
ACTION WPA to write to the NWDAP Chair agreeing to fund wool industry share of the Review of the NWDAP through AHA wool industry funds.
ACTION WPA to write to Cattle Council that they will need to provide equal financial co-contribution to the Review of the NWDAP if they wish to be identified as supporters of the Review.

Report on the Traceability Trip – Victoria
Representatives of WPA attended the Traceability Trip to Victoria, which sought to provide an overview of EID implementation. The presentation was noted.

Sheep Gene Bank
The committee noted the paper and agreed not to progress the issue.

Lamb survivability
The group noted the information provided in the paper. A draft briefing paper will be sent to the WPA H&W Committee for comment. The H&W Committee noted the briefing paper.

Sheep sustainability reporting
Background on the Sheep Sustainability Reporting proposal was provided. WPA will attend the February meeting. The H&W Committee noted the update.

Other business
Update on LCA Direction
ACTION WPA to write a letter of support for LCA to obtain funding for lamb marking awareness.

Drought
An update on drought work through the NFF committee was provided. H&W Committee members provided updates from their states and general involvement in the drought policy space. Grain stocks reporting was discussed as a means to provide grain price transparency particularly in times of drought. It was agreed that stocks reporting by the bulk handling
companies should be required, but growers should not have to report stocks held on-farm.
ACTION WPA to provide its position on stocks reporting to the enquirer (who seeks to remain anonymous).
ACTION WPA to raise the drought issues identified by the H&W Committee at the next NFF drought working group meeting.

CISS general election – letter of support
Following the presentation from CISS, a letter of support was asked for from WPA to assist CISS in seeking ongoing funding at the next election. The H&W Committee noted this request.
ACTION WPA to write a letter of support for CISS for ongoing funding.

WPA Executive Meeting – Executive Summary
22 November 2018

Animal H&W Resolutions
Mulesing and Pain Relief
The Board discussed the H&W resolution, That WPA calls for the mandatory use of pain relief for mulesing at length. It is important to have a strategy to introduce the mandatory use of pain relief. It is important to bring the breed groups along.

Timing of the implementation strategy will be important and the strategy will need to filter the information sensitively to woolgrowers. Leveraging off media around the WPA Animal Welfare Statement will be a way to quieten the mandatory pain relief policy implementation. The following motions were carried.
MOTION WPA calls for the mandatory use of pain relief for mulesing.
MOTION The WPA Board endorses the animal welfare statement to be adopted as
policy.
MOTION That WPA agree to fund the review of the NWDAP through AHA wool industry funds.

President’s Report
The Board noted the President’s report, including a retrospective of the achievements and challenges over the past 4 years.

CEO’s report
The Board noted the CEO’s report, including:
– Graziers Investment Company
– AWI Review
– WoolPoll
– Wool RD&E Strategy
– Sheep Sustainability

The CEO thanked the Board for their work throughout the year.

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Report
The tabled report was spoken to in conjunction with the unaudited first quarter financials.

Audit management letter
The positive outcome from the audit management letter was noted.
A profit was made by the organisation this year. The CEO was thanked for her efforts in facilitating the transition of the organisation’s financial management to AHA.

Member issues – WA Farmers
ACTION WPA to raise the funding request for an agriculture promotion campaign from WA Farmers at the next ICC meeting.

Governance documents
The six-year term would enable Directors to stand for election as Vice President or President with additional four-year terms for each of these positions. Contested elections could arise for leadership positions and this would ensure a good culture remains in the organisation as the Board would then be responsible for determining who the most suitable candidate for these positions is. It maintains a skills-based board and maintains directors’ independence.
MOTION That the changes to 7.2 and 7.4 regarding tenure in the Board Charter be accepted.

Youth Ambassador Policy Plan Presentation
A presentation to the Board as part of the Youth Ambassador role through WPA’s ‘Raising the Baa’ Project was provided.

Two extremely detailed action plans for the two issue-based projects:
– Youth in the Wool Industry
– Animal Health Communications

The Board offered to assist in any way possible on both of these projects and congratulated the Youth Ambassador on the presentation.

NSW Farmers Wool Committee Joint Session
AWI Review
The joint session discussed a strategy moving towards the AWI EGM.

Views from the persons present in the joint session were sought on the recommendations with the objective to work towards the best way forwards for these recommendations to be implemented.
ACTION WPA is to put together approaches to be taken by SFO members regarding recommendations from the EY Review of Performance that AWI are seeking shareholder vote on.

5-year R&D cycle
Recommendation 1.14.1 in the EY Review of AWI Performance recommends changing the frequency of WoolPoll to five years instead of every 3 years. WPA’s current position is that a full review of WoolPoll, including the regulations under which it operates, needs to be conducted. As part of this review, the frequency of WoolPoll can hopefully be undertaken as part of the review.

Unless the five-year cycle aligns with MLA’s R&D cycle, it is unlikely that the full benefits of moving the cycle to five-year terms will be experienced. NSWFA proposed that the cycle needs to align with MLA’s. This would mean more effective and efficient expenditure of levy funds for RD&E.
ACTION WPA is to discuss the recommendation to change the frequency of the WoolPoll vote to five years and the need for WoolPoll to align with the MLA RD&E cycle with Sheep Producers Australia.

WoolPoll
WPA provided an overview of what activities the organisation undertook during WoolPoll 2018 to promote voting. NSWFA distributed the WPA
preferential voting video and communications page. The WoolPoll Roadshow did not work with wool brokers. Doing so would have provided better opportunity for the Roadshow to reach more woolgrowers. The Panel members
spoke they did not recommend the Roadshow occur as they did not feel it was the best use of time or staff resources. Instead, they proposed SFO’s be approached by AWI to hold events in woolgrower states. However, this was left too late to organise by AWI and these events did not occur.

Mulesing and Pain Relief
An overview from the WPA H&W Advisory discussions on mulesing and pain relief was provided to NSWFA. The WPA Board had earlier resolved to call for the mandatory use of pain relief when mulesing. NSW Farmers’ policy is similar to WPA’s previous policy in that they want mulesing to remain an option for the industry and strongly encourage pain relief to be used when
mulesing. NSW Farmers spoke that prevention of flystrike should be discussed instead of discussing mulesing as the primary messaging regarding the procedure. Members of both WPA Board and NSWFA Wool Committee were in agreement that they want to preserve current fly strike prevention procedures. NSWFA Wool Committee do not want to see pain relief mandated, however understand the positioning from which the policy decision was made by WPA.

SheepCRC
A verbal update was provided on a proposal put forward by SPA on the morning of the SheepCRC AGM, whereby if there were significant funds left over from the AIC that WPA and SPA could look at managing those jointly. More details will be provided once they are provided.

SPA/WPA Reform
The Terms of Reference were provided for consideration and agreed to by the Board.

NFF Membership
The letter received from NFF regarding WPA’s membership was noted. The WPA Board discussed that membership fees had not been increased for 11 years and that no member is currently paying full membership fees to WPA. WPA does not support NFF approaching SFO’s directly to discuss WPA’s financial position.

Auctions Plus
Tom Rookyard presented on Auctions Plus (AP) wool trading platform. AP has the ability to enforce the NWD for wool trading but need to work with brokers on this issue and have their support to do so. Discussion around WoolQ and AP’s involvement was also spoken about. AP had said they were happy to be involved in the process but did not hear back from AWI.

Currently AP is uncertain whether premiums are being paid/what amount of premium is being paid for non-mulesed wool.

ICC issues
The minutes were taken as read. WPA is to raise the points below at the next ICC meeting:
• WPA to raise National Mulesing Accreditation and the one-stop-shop shearing shed safety information.
• Concern around shearers flying in and out of NZ to be raised – with their shearing rate at about 80 per cent of ours and the current exchange rate, increasing efforts in the training programme to be raised.
• The bluelight shearing school-based apprenticeship to be raised as the convenor needs assistance to run the programme.
• The footrot EBV project proposal.

FAWO
The report was taken as read. WPA has kept oversight over the rewrite of the FAWO Constitution.

General Business
Shearing Shed Safety
The TFGA Wool Council discussed woolshed safety and OH&S. While markets are high it is opportune to make investments in shearing shed safety and provide information on improvements to sheds. AWI should put resources in one stop shop. This will be raised by WPA at ICC.

Funding proposal for a footrot EBV programme
Dr. Andrew Thompson, working with Dr. Mark Ferguson is working on a footrot EBV programme. The outcomes from the investment would be validation of NZ derived breeding values in Australia within related and unrelated bloodlines, and eventually provide Australian ram buyers in the high rainfall zone with a commercial tool to assist breeders to select rams that are more resistant to footrot.
ACTION WPA to discuss the Footrot EBV research project proposal and funding from wool levies with AHA.

WASIA Shearing Safety Assessment Programme
A letter of support for the Shearing Safety Assessment programme has been requested to be supplied by WPA.

Tail stripping excluded from definition of mulesing
Tail stripping is already included in the definition of mulesing however some producers are declaring flocks as non-mulesed even though they are tail stripping.
ACTION WPA will raise with AWEX that auditing for tail stripping needs to be increased and that the definition of mulesing be reiterated to producers.

WPA H&W Committee Meeting – Executive Summary*
28 February 2019

Matters Arising

ACTION WPA to distribute contact details to H&W Committee members to write to ISC and seek a full seat at the Integrity Systems Taskforce.

 

 ACTION WPA to provide dot points to the H&W Committee to use in writing a letter of support for WPA to obtain a voting seat at Integrity Systems Taskforce.

Member issues

ASWGA – Pain relief and pre- and post-analgesia terminology

MOTION WPA support ASWGA in requesting AWEX to amend the National Wool declaration to replace the term “Pain Relief or PR” with the term “Analgesia or A”

 

 

ACTION WPA will request AWEX to consider replacing the term ‘pain relief’ with the term ‘analgesia’ in the National Wool Declaration review

 

ASWGA –  ‘Pre-Analgesia ’ and ‘Post-Analgesia ’ options on the National Wool Declaration

MOTION WPA support ASWGA in requesting AWEX to consider amending the National Wool declaration to include the provision to identify Pre Analgesia (Pre A) & Post Analgesia (Post A) in the National Wool Declaration.

 

 

ACTION WPA to request AWEX to consider amending the NWD to include the provision to identify pre-analgesia and post analgesia in the NWD review

 

AASMB – Shortage of Pregnecol and WPA Executive Summary process

ACTION WPA is to write to the APVMA and NFF Farming Systems committee to seek expedited approval for Pregnecol for Venoquil.

 

AASMB – WPA H&W Executive Summary process

The H&W Committee supported continuation for the prompt release of the WPA H&W Committee Executive Summary and no change be made to the WPA process.

 

Livestock SA – development of guidelines for transport of sheep in extreme sheep

Livestock SA is developing transport guidelines for sheep during extreme heat with the RSPCA. Livestock SA raised the development with WPA to determine if there was interest to work with Livestock SA on the guidelines and facilitate a national rollout. WPA spoke that in the land transport and sheep and cattle standards there is an existing standard already and the fit to load workbook includes a section on heat stress. WPA will keep this on the policy radar. WPA did not agree to work on the guidelines.

 

WA Farmers

The motion was withdrawn.

 

Policy Manager report

The Committee noted the Policy Manager report. The WPA CEO and President provided an update on a meeting held with RSPCA on mulesing to discuss changes in their mulesing policy.

National Mulesing Accreditation Update

The paper was taken as read.

 

AVA antimicrobial prescribing guidelines

WPA met with AVA to discuss the development of AMR guidelines. There was a request for funding a project to develop these guidelines.

MOTION WPA funds $7500.00 of the $15,000.00 (50 per cent) required to develop the AVA antimicrobial guidelines contingent on AHA approval to access money from the levies. WPA will fund the $15,000 in full (contingent on AHA) should SPA not co-fund.

 

 

ACTION WPA to inform SPA and the AVA of our commitment to funding 50 per cent ($7500.00) towards the development of Antimicrobial Guidelines for the Australian sheep industry contingent on funding approval from AHA.

 

Virbac data access request

MOTION WPA provides the data to Virbac free of charge.

 

Traceability update

Updates were provided on WPA’s involvement in the Sheep Traceability Working Group, SAFEMEAT and the Integrity Systems Taskforce.

ACTION WPA to write to SPA to request the review of the Victoria EID system be postponed until the system has been implemented for a longer period.

 

ACTION WPA to be represented by the Policy Manager in place of a producer representative at SAFEMEAT meetings.

 

Pain relief

An overview of the previous meeting and the work that has arisen since was provided to the H&W Committee. WPA will use the implementation plan at a national level and now begin promoting the policy position and its associated documents.

 

ACTION WPA to investigate changing the policy documents and where there is reference to ‘pain relief’, the term be replaced with ‘analgesia’.

 

AWI Breech strike prevention

Jane Littlejohn and Emma Gittoes from AWI Zoomed the meeting and updated the H&W Committee on RD&E being undertaken on breech fly strike prevention. The H&W Committee requested more information on the Steining process. Points for inclusion in WPA’s submission to the AWI RD&E Strategy were discussed.

ACTION WPA to invite John Steinefort to present on the steining method at the next H&W Committee meeting.

 

NWDAP update and muzzle project funding request

Greg Mifsud, National Wild Dog Action Plan Coordinator Zoomed the meeting and provided an overview of the National Wild Dog Action Plan programme, how it is funded and collaborates with WPA, and gave an overview of the muzzle project funding request.

MOTION WPA will provide funding to the education component of the muzzle project funding request to the amount of $5625.00 contingent on AHA approval.

 

ACTION WPA to inform NWDAP Coordinator that funding of the muzzle project for $5625.00 will be provided contingent on AHA approval.

 

NSIBS update

The paper was taken as read.

MOTION WPA H&W Committee approves the quote from Glanville and Millar to prepare NSIBS for public tender.

 

Footrot Working Group update

The committee noted the update. AHA provided an update on continuation of the request WPA put forwards to consider a footrot project as discussed in the November 21 meeting.

ACTION WPA to continue exploring whether the is opportunity to provide funding to the Footrot EBV project.

 

Sheep Health Declaration update

An update on the Sheep Health Declaration (SHD), the revised draft SHD, and Regional Biosecurity Plans (RBP) was provided.

MOTION WPA H&W Committee resolve to not recognise Regional Biosecurity Plan areas.

 

ACTION  WPA H&W Committee to provide feedback to the WPA Policy Manager on the Sheep Health Declaration by 8 March 2019.

 

Industry recovery following an EAD

The proposal to undertake working on industry recovery policy following an EAD was taken as read.

MOTION WPA H&W Committee supports WPA working on an industry recovery policy following an EAD.

 

Youth Ambassador policy update

The policy updates from the Youth Ambassador were noted.

ACTION WPA H&W Committee support continuation of the Youth in Wool project to the execution phase and ensure it is appropriately resourced.

 

Lamb survivability initiative update

The committee noted the information provided in the update.

 

Other business

AWI funding of LCA training days

ACTION WPA is to contact AWI and confirm their position on support for the National Mulesing Training being developed by WPA, AWI and LCA.

Next Meetings

  • 22 May 2019
  • 28 August 2019
  • 13 November 2019

Meeting close: 4.08pm

 

*All motions and action items from the Health and Welfare Advisory Committee are subject to ratification by the WoolProducers Australia Executive. For ratified motions and action items, please refer to the associated WoolProducers Australia Board Meeting Executive Summary.

WPA Executive Meeting – Executive Summary
1 March 2019

Animal H&W Resolutions

Mulesing and Pain Relief

The Board discussed the H&W resolution, That WPA calls for the mandatory use of pain relief for mulesing at length.   It is important to have a strategy to introduce the mandatory use of pain relief. It is important to bring the breed groups along.

 

Timing of the implementation strategy will be important and the strategy will need to filter the information sensitively to woolgrowers. Leveraging off media around the WPA Animal Welfare Statement will be a way to quieten the mandatory pain relief policy implementation. The following motions were carried.

 

MOTION WPA calls for the mandatory use of pain relief for mulesing.

 

MOTION The WPA Board endorses the animal welfare statement to be adopted as policy.

 

MOTION That WPA agree to fund the review of the NWDAP through AHA wool industry funds.

 

President’s Report

The Board noted the President’s report, including a retrospective of the achievements and challenges over the past 4 years.

 

CEO’s report

The Board noted the CEO’s report, including:

  • Graziers Investment Company
  • AWI Review
  • WoolPoll
  • Wool RD&E Strategy
  • Sheep Sustainability

 

The CEO thanked the Board for their work throughout the year.

 

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Report (Confidential)

The tabled report was spoken to in conjunction with the unaudited first quarter financials.

 

Audit management letter

The positive outcome from the audit management letter was noted.

 

A profit was made by the organisation this year. The CEO was thanked for her efforts in facilitating the transition of the organisation’s financial management to AHA.

 

Member issues – WA Farmers

 

ACTION WPA to raise the funding request for an agriculture promotion campaign from WA Farmers at the next ICC meeting.

 

Governance documents

The six-year term would enable Directors to stand for election as Vice President or President with additional four-year terms for each of these positions. Contested elections could arise for leadership positions and this would ensure a good culture remains in the organisation as the Board would then be responsible for determining who the most suitable candidate for these positions is. It maintains a skills-based board and maintains directors’ independence.

 

MOTION That the changes to 7.2 and 7.4 regarding tenure in the Board Charter be accepted

 

Youth Ambassador Policy Plan Presentation

A presentation to the Board as part of the Youth Ambassador role through WPA’s ‘Raising the Baa’ Project was provided.

 

Two extremely detailed action plans for the two issue-based projects:

  • Youth in the Wool Industry
  • Animal Health Communications

 

The Board offered to assist in any way possible on both of these projects and congratulated the Youth Ambassador on the presentation.

 

NSW Farmers Wool Committee Joint Session

AWI Review

The joint session discussed a strategy moving towards the AWI EGM.

 

Views from the persons present in the joint session were sought on the recommendations with the objective to work towards the best way forwards for these recommendations to be implemented.

 

ACTION WPA is to put together approaches to be taken by SFO members regarding recommendations from the EY Review of Performance that AWI are seeking shareholder vote on.

 

5-year R&D cycle

Recommendation 1.14.1 in the EY Review of AWI Performance recommends changing the frequency of WoolPoll to five years instead of every 3 years. WPA’s current position is that a full review of WoolPoll, including the regulations under which it operates, needs to be conducted. As part of this review, the frequency of WoolPoll can hopefully be undertaken as part of the review.

 

Unless the five-year cycle aligns with MLA’s R&D cycle, it is unlikely that the full benefits of moving the cycle to five-year terms will be experienced. NSWFA proposed that the cycle needs to align with MLA’s. This would mean more effective and efficient expenditure of levy funds for RD&E.

 

ACTION WPA is to discuss the recommendation to change the frequency of the WoolPoll vote to five years and the need for WoolPoll to align with the MLA RD&E cycle with Sheep Producers Australia.

 

WoolPoll

WPA provided an overview of what activities the organisation undertook during WoolPoll 2018 to promote voting. NSWFA distributed the WPA preferential voting video and communications page.

 

The WoolPoll Roadshow did not work with wool brokers. Doing so would have provided better opportunity for the Roadshow to reach more woolgrowers. The Panel members spoke they did not recommend the Roadshow occur as they did not feel it was the best use of time or staff resources. Instead, they proposed SFO’s be approached by AWI to hold events in woolgrower states. However, this was left too late to organise by AWI and these events did not occur.

 

Mulesing and Pain Relief

An overview from the WPA H&W Advisory discussions on mulesing and pain relief was provided to NSWFA. The WPA Board had earlier resolved to call for the mandatory use of pain relief when mulesing.

 

NSW Farmers’ policy is similar to WPA’s previous policy in that they want mulesing to remain an option for the industry and strongly encourage pain relief to be used when mulesing.

 

NSW Farmers spoke that prevention of flystrike should be discussed instead of discussing mulesing as the primary messaging regarding the procedure.

 

Members of both WPA Board and NSWFA Wool Committee were in agreement that they want to preserve current fly strike prevention procedures.

 

NSWFA Wool Committee do not want to see pain relief mandated, however understand the positioning from which the policy decision was made by WPA.

 

SheepCRC

A verbal update was provided on a proposal put forward by SPA on the morning of the SheepCRC AGM, whereby if there were significant funds left over from the AIC that WPA and SPA could look at managing those jointly. More details will be provided once they are provided.

 

SPA/WPA Reform

The Terms of Reference were provided for consideration and agreed to by the Board.

 

NFF Membership

The letter received from NFF regarding WPA’s membership was noted. The WPA Board discussed that membership fees had not been increased for 11 years and that no member is currently paying full membership fees to WPA. WPA does not support NFF approaching SFO’s directly to discuss WPA’s financial position.

 

Auctions Plus

Tom Rookyard presented on Auctions Plus (AP) wool trading platform. AP has the ability to enforce the NWD for wool trading but need to work with brokers on this issue and have their support to do so.

 

Discussion around WoolQ and AP’s involvement was also spoken about. AP had said they were happy to be involved in the process but did not hear back from AWI.

 

Currently AP is uncertain whether premiums are being paid/what amount of premium is being paid for non-mulesed wool.

 

ICC issues

The minutes were taken as read. WPA is to raise the points below at the next ICC meeting:

  • WPA to raise National Mulesing Accreditation and the one-stop-shop shearing shed safety information.
  • Concern around shearers flying in and out of NZ to be raised – with their shearing rate at about 80 per cent of ours and the current exchange rate, increasing efforts in the training programme to be raised.
  • The bluelight shearing school-based apprenticeship to be raised as the convenor needs assistance to run the programme.
  • The footrot EBV project proposal.

 

FAWO

The report was taken as read. WPA has kept oversight over the rewrite of the FAWO Constitution.

 

General Business

Shearing Shed Safety

The TFGA Wool Council discussed woolshed safety and OH&S. While markets are high it is opportune to make investments in shearing shed safety and provide information on improvements to sheds. AWI should put resources in one stop shop. This will be raised by WPA at ICC.

 

Funding proposal for a footrot EBV programme

Dr. Andrew Thompson, working with Dr. Mark Ferguson is working on a footrot EBV programme. The outcomes from the investment would be validation of NZ derived breeding values in Australia within related and unrelated bloodlines, and eventually provide Australian ram buyers in the high rainfall zone with a commercial tool to assist breeders to select rams that are more resistant to footrot.

 

ACTION WPA to discuss the Footrot EBV research project proposal and funding from wool levies with AHA.

 

WASIA Shearing Safety Assessment Programme

A letter of support for the Shearing Safety Assessment programme has been requested to be supplied by WPA.

 

Tail stripping excluded from definition of mulesing

Tail stripping is already included in the definition of mulesing however some producers are declaring flocks as non-mulesed even though they are tail stripping.

 

ACTION WPA will raise with AWEX that auditing for tail stripping needs to be increased and that the definition of mulesing be reiterated to producers.

 

Next Meetings

  • 28 (H&W) February & 1 March (Exec), 2019
  • 30 (H&W) & 31 May (Exec), 2019

WPA H&W Committee Meeting – Executive Summary*
22 May 2019

Matters Arising

134ISC membership – The Committee were updated on progress of writing to ISC to request WPA be included as a member. The action item has been put on hold.

 

136 – WPA will request AWEX to consider replacing the term ‘pain relief’ with the term ‘analgesia’ in the NWD through the NWD review. The NWD review has recently been announced and this will be undertaken as part of the WPA submission to the NWD review.

 

137WPA to request AWEX to consider amending the NWD to include the provision to identify pre-analgesia and post-analgesia in the NWD review. WPA discussed a letter received from TFGA and there was discussion that presently, increasing pain relief use and declaration of this on the NWD is necessary and requiring pre- and post- pain relief to be declared may result in decreased completion of the NWD.

 

141WPA to write to SPA to request the review of the Victoria EID system be postponed until the system has been implemented for a longer period. No response has been received from SPA.

 

143WPA to investigate changing the policy documents and where there is reference to ‘pain relief’ the term be replaced with ‘analgesia’ – changes will be dependent outcomes of the NWD review.

 

145 WPA to inform NWDAP Coordinator that funding of the muzzle project for $5625.00 will be provided contingent on AHA approval. AHA is to pay this money to the NWDAP.

 

Member issues

 

ACTION WPA to write to TFGA regarding the analgesia letter received 7 May 2019 and acknowledge and incorporate their concerns into WPA’s submission.

 

Representatives provided an update on areas of focus:

  • OJD requirements
  • Workers compensation issues
  • Feral pest initiatives
  • PCR test for footrot
  • Livestock emissions
  • Mulesing
  • Live exports
  • Wild dogs
  • Effluent management
  • Kangaroos
  • AVA Conference – Numb Nuts release
  • Support for mandatory NWD
  • Feral deer
  • Steining

 

AHA Service Agreement with WoolProducers

 

Policy Manager report

The Committee noted the Policy Manager report.

 

Market Access Support

 

Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines

The paper was taken as read.

 

National traceability project update

The paper was taken as read.

 

Traceability Workshop

Bonnie Skinner (SPA) and Andrew Henderson (Chair, Sheep Traceability Working Group) joined WPA Policy Manager, Ashley Cooper to deliver a presentation that sought to gain knowledge on producers’ expectations and requirements should a transition to EID become necessary either in their state or nationally.

ACTION WPA to participate in SFO presentations on EID and incorporate feedback on the presentation into the presentation.

 

Steinfort method presentation

Dr. John Steinfort presented to the meeting on ‘Steining’, a breech skin contraction process in sheep that uses liquid nitrogen. The presentation gave an overview of how the applicator works. The applicator tents the skin and in approximately one to two seconds freezes the skin using liquid nitrogen. Work is yet to be undertaken but it is believed there will not be scar tissue formed by the process.

 

ACTION WPA to write to Steinfort Ag Vet outlining concerns identified with the Steinfort process with a view to obtaining further assessments of the process.

 

Pain relief policy implementation

WPA presented an industry-led approach to the Committee for consideration which could see the National Wool Declaration Integrity Program be used to regulate mandatory pain relief for mulesing.

MOTION That WPA supports the implementation of the mandatory pain relief when mulesing policy through the industry-led approach utilising AWEX’s National Wool Declaration Integrity Program.

 

NSW Farmers’ Association Animal welfare definition

The paper was taken as read. NSWFA believe there needs to be consistency in messaging on what welfare means to industry. NSWFA and WPA agree that the definition and the WPA Animal Welfare Statement are complimentary of one another.

ACTION WPA to write to the NFF Farming Systems Committee requesting that they review their animal welfare policy.

 

Biosecurity Services

 

Sheep Health Declaration update

The paper was taken as read.

 

National Sheep Health Monitoring Program update

The paper was taken as read.

 

 

Feral pig control update

The paper was taken as read.

 

National Wild Dog Action Plan review and stakeholder consultation forum update

The paper was taken as read.

 

National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy update

 

MOTION Joe Keynes be appointed to the NSIBS Project Committee as the WPA producer representative.

 

MOTION That South Australia be the location of the pilot for the roll-out of the NSIBS.

 

Animal Welfare Collaborative

Jill Fernandes from Animal Welfare Collaborative (AWC) presented an overview of the AWC to the Committee.

 

EAD Preparedness and Response

 

FAWO EAD Working Group update

The Committee noted the paper. The Chair provided an update on the Australia-China Joint Working Group meeting at the IWTO Conference.

 

Special Initiatives

 

Youth Ambassador policy update

The Committee noted the Youth Ambassador policy updates. The Youth in Wool policy has progressed to the development of a business case for implementation of the policy as a project. The comparison of benefits, costs and risks helps outline three options for progressing the project.

 

Lamb survivability initiative update

The committee noted the paper.

 

Sheep Sustainability Framework

An overview of progress of the project committee and the work that has been undertaken by the group was provided.

 

MOTION WPA supports the appointment of Bruce Allworth as Chair of the Sheep Sustainability Framework Steering Group.

 

ACTION That the WPA H&W Committee provide nominees to be considered for the Sheep Sustainability Framework Steering Group by COB Friday 10 June.

 

Project funding proposal – UNE

The committee considered the funding proposal presented in the meeting papers.

 

ACTION WPA is to notify AHA of support to fund $10,500 from wool levies towards the UNE research proposal contingent on AHA approval and matched contribution from SPA.

 

 

General Business

 

CISS associate membership

It is requested WPA consider the associate membership proposal once it is finalised and provided to WPA.

 

TFGA letter regarding pre- and post- analgesia on the National Wool Declaration

TFGA have sent a letter to WPA regarding pre- and post- analgesia being included on the NWD. The change to the motion that WPA would investigate the inclusion of pre- and post- analgesia, passed by the WPA Board at the March meeting, was discussed and supported by the H&W Committee. Discussion also raised that the input of customers should be included in the NWD review.

 

Draft NLIS Sheep and Goat Standards

Clarification on a solution to NLIS Sheep and Goat Standards was sought from the H&W Committee.

 

SPA requests for SFO mulesing policies

Concern has been expressed by SFO members of WPA about disjointed approaches potentially arising regarding mulesing after being approached by SPA for their mulesing policy positions.

 

Next Meetings

  • 28 (H&W) & 29 August (Exec), 2019 – Canberra
  • 13 (H&W) & 14 November (Exec), 2019 – Sydney
  • 27 February (H&W) & 28 February (Exec), 2020
  • 20 May (H&W) & 21 May (Exec), 2020

WPA Executive Meeting – Executive Summary
23 May 2019

 

President’s Report

The Board noted the President’s report.

 

CEO’s Report

The Board noted the CEO’s report.

 

Policy Manager’s Report

Reference was made to WoolProducers’ Pre-Budget submission and the need for members to keep track of the direction of our policies and the responsiveness.

 

EU FTA

MOTION WoolProducers Australia does not support the inclusion of articles pertaining to animal welfare or antimicrobial resistance in the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement

 

Member Issues – NSWFA – Wild Dog Coordinator

MOTION WPA refrain from any funding in the wild dog space until the completion of the review of the NWDAP.

 

ACTION Leave the letter from NSWFA regarding wild dogs on the table until after the completion on the review. In the meantime, WPA will discuss this issue with other PICs to find out if they have committed funding to this proposal

 

WPA Strategic Plan

ACTION The current WPA Strategic Plan be updated for currency and circulated for director and SFO input

 

Animal Health and Welfare Resolutions

 

MOTION That WPA supports the implementation of mandatory pain relief for mulesing policy, through the industry-led approach utilising AWEX’s National Wool Declaration Integrity Program.

 

MOTION Joe Keynes be appointed to the NSIBS Project Committee as the WPA producer representative.

 

MOTION That South Australia be the location of the pilot for the roll-out of the NSIBS

 

MOTION WPA supports the appointment of Bruce Allworth as Chair of the Sheep Sustainability Framework Steering Group.

 

MOTION WPA supports $10,500 be funded towards the research as per the UNE proposal contingent on AHA approval and matched contribution from SPA.

 

 

 

AWI Meeting Update

A verbal update on recent meetings with AWI held on 3 May was provided, including EAD issues, trade and strategic plan process. All meetings were considered extremely constructive.

 

ACTION Write a letter to AWI Chair offering a standing invitation for an AWI directory to our H&W Committee meeting.

 

There is an ICC meeting coming up on 6 June, to agree to the new terms of reference for the revised ICC.

 

There was discussion around how genuine the revised ICC is going to be based on the draft TORs, which WoolProducers provided feedback on.

 

AWI 3 Year Strategic Plan

 

ACTION WPA submission into the 3-year Strategic Plan to be sent to AWI on 24 May

 

Wool Industry 10-Year Strategic Plan

It was agreed that the future arrangements of ICC are unclear and therefore it was appropriate that WPA offered to manage the project.

 

MOTION WPA to put a project proposal to AWI to manage the development of a 10-year strategic plan for the wool industry

 

AWI Director Tenure

It was agreed that WoolProducers were comfortable with directors facing re-election on a more frequent basis and for a cap on the chair with the requirement to stand down from the board.

 

AWI Director Elections

Discussion surrounded the need for quality candidates to run in this year’s election and the need for directors and SFOs to encourage people to stand.

 

WPA is also happy to assist in the collation of signatures for candidates seeking nomination for the AWI Board.

 

SheepCRC

A verbal update was provided on the Forum held in March. It was a well-run forum with a number of speakers regarding the programs that the SheepCRC have worked on.

 

Most of the programs will continue to be run by UNE and MLA.

 

MOTION WPA withdraw their support for the 2020 SheepCRC Forum with the funds allocated to the forum to be put towards the Australian Wool Education Trust Fund

 

ACTION The CEO is to sign the Sheep CRC IP Deed once satisfied with the detail outlined in the deed

 

 

National Representation

SPA/WPA (Confidential)

The tabled paper prepared by the independent chair; Andrew Henderson was considered.

 

ACTION WPA to approach SPA to jointly convene an SFO Workshop to consider issues regarding a merge of the two organisations.

 

NFF Members Council

A verbal update on the recent Members Council Meeting held on 15 and 16 May was provided. Including:

  • Animal activists
  • Natural capital
  • Prime agricultural land definition
  • Update on glyphosate legal cases in US
  • NFF shared services
  • Victorian Industrial Manslaughter legislation
  • Industry engagement guidelines for utility companies

 

WPA were recognised by NFF as being a positive contributor to the live export issue.

 

The AgriFutures paper on the Joint RDC Community Trust Program was discussed. All RDCs are funding this except for AWI. Funding is $35,000/year per RDC.

 

ACTION WoolProducers to lobby AWI to reconsider becoming a funding member of the Joint RDC Community Trust Program

 

Raising the Baa Leadership Program

A verbal update on the selection process for this round of the program. It was noted that there was a great response with many high-quality candidates for both the AICD positions and the Youth Ambassador role.

 

Wool Classer Training

ACTION WPA will write a letter requesting that Wool Classing be added to the National Skills Needs List. This will also be raised at ICC requesting other industry bodies to do the same

 

ACTION WoolProducers will write to AWI requesting them to fund a program similar to AgSkilled Program currently being run by TAFE NSW on behalf of the cotton and grains industry.

 

AWEX

Robyn Clubb, Mark Grave and Marty Moses provided a presentation on behalf of AWEX.

 

NWD IP – Integrity Program Supply Chain Traceability

NWD Review consultation will close on 1 July, 2019

 

eBale

The aim is to create creditable data on farm utilising on-farm software and RFID/QR unique bale identification.

 

There are 10,000 tags available for use, so if people want to be involved in the pilot, they can contact AWEX.

 

AWTA

Michael Jackson provided an overview of AWTA’s company structure and diversification strategy.

 

IWTO Presentation

A presentation on the recent IWTO Congress held in Venice in early April was provided. The main themes of the congress were:

  • Sustainability
  • Traceability and Supply Chain Visibility
  • Market Update
  • Animal Welfare

 

IWTO Working Groups

The Board noted the tabled paper and considered if AHA should be approached to fund appropriate working groups or specified activities on behalf of WPA.

 

Joint China Australia Wool Working Group

The tabled paper was noted.

 

Contamination, supply and Chinese NY issues referred to in the briefing paper were discussed and clarified.

 

General Business

WoolProducers Elections

It was noted that SFOs need to assist WPA in running these elections by providing     information when requested.

 

Next Meetings

  • 28 August (H&W) & 29 August (Exec), 2019, Canberra
  • 13 November (H&W) & 14 November (Exec), 2019, Sydney
  • 27 February (H&W) & 28 February (Exec), 2020
  • 20 May (H&W) & 21 May (Exec), 2020

 

WPA H&W Committee Meeting – Executive Summary
28 August 2019

Future of WPA H&W Board Advisory Committee

History of the WPA H&W Board Advisory Committee was verballed and that the Terms of Reference for the Committee are due to be revised.

 

ACTION WPA H&W Board Advisory Committee members to provide input on revised Terms of Reference by the end of September for consideration at the November H&W Board Advisory Committee.

 

MOTION That the WPA H&W Board Advisory Committee continue.

 

Matters Arising

  • SPA EID letter – there has not been a reply from SPA to the letter from WPA sent regarding the review of the Victorian EID system.
  • Steinfort Method – an official response has not been received however some comments and an overview of a trial were received.
  • The action list is to be updated as the NFF is now going to review its animal welfare policy.
  • Confirmed that SPA has matched the contribution for the UNE project.

 

Member issues

LCA – Tail length. Refer to general business.

AWGA – welfare training (tail docking) – concern regarding several husbandry procedures, not just mulesing. Need for industry training. Refer to general business.

VFF Livestock – EAD training day being organised in VFF. Other work has focussed on animal activism and on-farm trespass, and mandating pain relief for surgical procedures including discussions with the Victorian Minister for agriculture.

WA Farmers – the biosecurity transaction levy has been increased to 15 cents (footrot and control wild dogs in fenced area). Other money available for RBPs.

Superfines – wool report on 16 August 16.7% wool withdrawn from sale, 35.8% passed in, but 200c premium for non-mulesed wools in the sale.

 

2 AHA Service Agreement with WoolProducers

 

Policy Manager report

The Committee noted the Policy Manager report.

 

  • Market Access Support

                                       

DAWR Animal Welfare Consultation

The paper was taken as read. An update on progress of the consultation was provided.

 

Pain relief policy update

A verbal update was provided to the H&W Committee on progress with the WPA mandatory pain relief for mulesing policy.

 

Traceability update

The paper was taken as read and the committee noted the verbal update provided.

 

Integrity Systems Company presentation

Kathleen Allan presented to the H&W Committee on the Integrity Systems 2025 Strategy.

 

NFF Drought Working Group update

The paper was taken as read and the committee noted the verbal update provided.

 

4 Biosecurity Services

 

Sheep Health Project Steering Committee update

The paper was taken as read and the committee noted the verbal update provided.

 

Biosecurity Symposium update

A verbal overview of WPA’s attendance and involvement in the Biosecurity Symposium 2019 was given to the H&W Committee.

 

National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy

The paper was taken as read. The committee received a verbal update.

 

ALRTA Effluent Management Code of Practice

The paper was taken as read. The H&W Committee discussed the voluntary curfew framework proposed by the ALRTA.

 

MOTION That the WPA H&W Committee supports in-principle the ALRTA working group development of a pre-transport curfew framework based on a minimum four-hour curfew off feed for sheep.

 

Feral pig control strategy

The paper was taken as read and a verbal update was provided.

 

5 EAD Preparedness and Response

 

Wool industry EAD preparedness RD&E strategy

The paper was taken as read.

 

Wool industry EAD exercise

The paper was taken as read.

 

National livestock resilience policy

The paper was taken as read.

 

6 Special Initiatives

 

Youth Ambassador policy presentations

The new WPA Youth Ambassadors presented their policy papers to the H&W Committee.

 

 

 

 

Wool production eligibility under the Carbon Solutions Fund Carbon

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee adopt policy that will advocate for sequestration of carbon through wool production as an eligible project under the Carbon Solutions Fund.

 

Wool youth network

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee support the development of a digital platform acting as a communications medium for young people within the wool industry.

 

European market demands for non-mulesed wool

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee support a project to develop a tool that provides improved information to wool growers on mulesing status market trends.

 

Youth engagement in the wool industry

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee supports exploration of ways to actively engage the next generation into the wool industry.

 

Sheep reproduction RD&E investment 2012-2019 review

The paper was taken as read and a verbal update was provided.

 

Sheep Sustainability Framework

An overview of progress of the Sheep Sustainability Framework Project Committee and the work that has been undertaken by the group was provided.

 

  • General Business

 

CISS associate membership

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions will open associate memberships over the coming months. Associate membership information has been provided to WPA. The associate membership will cost $2000.00. CISS requested WPA consider joining CISS as an associate member.

 

Tail length

This issue has been picked up by WPA in photos online and in media publications and raised with Sheep Producers Australia as it is seen in the meat sheep industry.

 

ACTION WPA to write to SPA raising the issue and calling for leadership and practice change on the tail length issue.

 

“Wool users’ views about animal welfare issues” report

The H&W Committee were asked to consider relaxing the confidentiality around the report.

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee agree to waive the confidentiality on the WPA commissioned report, ‘Wool users’ views about animal welfare issues’.

 

 

 

Cow catcher III update

Issues regarding the role of the non-affected industry representative were discussed.

 

ACTION WPA to discuss the role of the unaffected industry representative and the process undertaken for the next traceability exercise, with AHA.

 

  • Next Meetings
  • 13 November (H&W) & 14 November (Exec), 2019
  • 27 February (H&W) & 28 February (Exec), 2020
  • 20 May (H&W) & 21 May (Exec), 2020

 

Meeting close: 4.37pm

 

WPA Executive Meeting – Executive Summary
29 August 2019

Meeting commenced 8.30am

 

New Director Ratification

 

MOTION That the WPA Board ratifies the NSW Farmers Association nomination of Alix Turner as a Director from the 29th August, 2019.

 

President’s Report

Updates on the following issues were provided including that most commercial growers are supportive of the mandatory pain relief policy; meeting with Minister McKenzie where drought, falling flock numbers and wool industry issues were discussed. The Minister indicated future reform of the RDCs to make them more transparent and accountable. The President has met with all SFOs during the year and the recent NFF Staff Farm Visit provided an opportunity to discuss how legislation impacts farms and production.

 

CEO’s report

The tabled paper was noted. An update on the Sheepmeat and Lamb Transaction Levy Review was requested, it is not known where this process is up to.

 

The Pacific Labour Scheme is not available for shearers. It was suggested that we continue to support the NFF Ag Visa proposal. Updates will be given when this issue progresses.

 

Policy Managers Report

The tabled paper was noted. A trade update was provided including RCEP, EU-FTA and Brexit. WoolProducers continues to work in the best interests of woolgrowers in the space, whilst acknowledging that market access is very important it must not be to the detriment of on-farm animal management practices in Australia.

 

 

Presentation – Tony Marks, Ashley Turner, Andrew Wasswa, AHA

For the 2019-20 AOP, AHA are expecting $17M in income with expenditure set at $13.7M.

 

An overview of reserves, both company and wool specific was provided. Wool industry reserves are extremely healthy, and consideration needs to be given to spending these monies on projects for industry good.

 

WoolProducers Director Elections

Directors from SFO’s were asked to ensure that SFOs assist in this process with particular regards to promotion and provision of membership details to the third-party mailing house.

 

There was also a discussion about the possibility of electronic mail out of ballot papers. It was confirmed that there was no need for constitutional changes for this to occur.

 

ACTION Investigate the possibility of electronic ballot papers, including potentially utilising the SFOs and their membership databases

 

 

 

WPA Strategic Plan 2019-2022

Changes that have been made based on feedback received were considered, noting that there needs to be an understating from members and directors that Strategic Plans are high level statements and are different to a policy document, so specific policies are not included in Strategic Plans.

 

ACTION CEO to recirculate draft Strategic Plan to SFOs for comment and final input

 

WPA Policy Document

The change in format of the document to better align with the organisation’s strategic priorities was noted.

 

MOTION That the amended WPA Policy Document is endorsed.

 

Policy Determination

Animal Health and Welfare Resolutions

 

MOTION That the WPA H&W Board Advisory Committee continue.

 

ACTION CEO to redraft the TORs for the WPA Health and Welfare Advisory Committee and circulate to the Board for approval

 

MOTION That the WPA H&W Committee supports in-principle the ALRTA working group development of a pre-transport curfew framework based on a minimum four-hour curfew off feed for sheep.

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee adopt policy that will advocate for sequestration of carbon through wool production as an eligible project under the Carbon Solutions Fund.

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee support the development of a digital platform acting as a communications medium for young people within the wool industry.

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee support a project to develop a tool that provides improved information to wool growers on mulesing status market trends.

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee supports exploration of ways to actively engage the next generation into the wool industry.

 

MOTION That the H&W Committee agree to waive the confidentiality on the WPA commissioned report, ‘Wool users’ views about animal welfare issues’.

 

Wool Industry Structure

A verbal update was provided on recent meetings with both the Minister for Agriculture and representatives from Department of Ag on wool industry issues, including structural issues, WoolPoll review and alignment of wool with the MLA strategic planning cycle.

 

 

AWI Director Elections

A verbal update on the proposed candidates for this year’s AWI election, noting that candidate nomination forms have been circulated to SFOs for assistance for signature collection.

 

It was also noted that the nomination forms that were circulated to directors and SFOs the previous week from WoolProducers were to only facilitate a democratic process and were not to be perceived as endorsement of candidates by WoolProducers as stated in the cover letter.

 

It was agreed that there is a need for SFOs to encourage people to register to become shareholders, noting that people need to understand that even if they received WoolPoll papers this does not necessarily mean that they are registered shareholders.

 

ACTION WPA to convene a teleconference to consider support of candidates once the BNC has made their candidate recommendations

 

Wool Industry Consultative Panel (WICP)

WoolProducers have raised a number of issues for the upcoming WICP.

 

The responses from AWI regarding WoolProducers’ questions were considered, and it was agreed that more information is required on:

  • Pain relief support/promotion, Woolmark Supply Chain Integrity Scheme, Breed More Merino Ewes Program

 

ACTION Directors to send through nominations for the Wool Consultative Group

 

Representation

SPA/WPA Merge Discussion

An overview of the discussions so far was provided.

 

The ramifications of the Red Meat MoU recommendations were also discussed. There is concern that the wool industry was not considered during this review.

 

It was agreed that there needs to be clear understanding by all stakeholders of what a merged entity would look like, how it would operate and the separate meat and wool levy mechanisms to the two RDCs before any decisions are made.

 

Trade

The trade issues previously spoken about in the meeting were noted.

 

It was suggested that WoolProducers could convene a supply chain trade committee given that we have developed relationships with DFAT and other key stakeholders.

 

MOTION The WPA Board support the establishment of a wool industry trade committee administered by WPA

 

 

 

 

 

AWEX

A verbal update on recent AWEX activities which were outlined in the tabled paper were noted, including:

  • Registration of classers, eBale, bale label fees, WoolClip and SustainaWOOL

 

AWTA

A verbal update on AWTA activities, including:

  • Low test numbers for July, test charges to remain the same and increased use of robotics for efficiencies

 

FAWO

The tabled paper was noted, along with the name change to Wool Industries Australia (WIA). WoolProducers has provided significant input into the new WIA Constitution. The new Constitution was noted.

 

General Business

SheepCRC

This was covered in previous discussions.

 

CISS Associate Membership

It was discussed that there could be value for WoolProducers to become an associate member as it could provide an opportunity to drive the agenda.

 

MOTION That WoolProducers become an Associate Member of the CISS for the current financial year, to be reviewed in 12 months’ time

 

Nanjing Wool Market (NWM)

There will be a presentation made by WoolProducers on Australian EAD response arrangements and trade impacts in the event of an EAD incursion.

 

South African Update

FMD outbreak is continuing to pose issues for South African woolgrowers. Sales are yet to resume but may not start until next week.

 

Next Meetings

  • 13 November (H&W) & 14 November (Exec), 2019, Canberra
  • 27 February (H&W) & 28 February (Exec), 2020
  • 20 May (H&W) & 21 May (Exec), 2020

 

Meeting close: 3.01pm