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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
2269 training visits were made by shearers (a 44% increase from 2012/13) and 1320 training visits were made by wool handlers (a 34% increase from 2012/13) directly through AWI-funded programs across Australia in 2013/14, with an additional 781 training visits by participants in crutching and other shearing and woolhandling workshops. These workshops serve an important role in providing a range of training services to the wool industry -- from an introduction to wool harvesting and basic skills for new shearers and wool handlers, through improver to advanced and professional workshops for continued development of wool harvesting professionals. 739 school students in WA were also provided with an introduction to the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches through in-shed or at school demonstrations of shearing and woolhandling. Consistency workshops for more than 100 trainers from across the country were conducted by AWI at Wagga Wagga (NSW) and Katanning (WA). These workshops for the trainers of shearers and wool handlers help provide consistency in the way training takes place and to promote best practice across the wool industry. Exchange programs have continued with New Zealand for young potential trainers, and both interstate and with New Zealand for senior trainers. AWI provided support to 55 local shearing competitions to a total of $110,401 in 2013/14. Part of AWI's support includes payment of entry fees for learner shearers and novice wool handlers. AWI also provided support to state and the national shearing and woolhandling championships. The aims of providing support to shearing competitions are to promote excellence in the wool harvesting industry, encourage young people to join the industry, and encourage continued development of techniques in shearing and woolhandling. AWI continued to distribute the Woolshed Safety Signage Kit, which includes 36 safety signs, that was designed by the WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA) with support from AWI. The aim of these signs is to help improve and promote safety in woolsheds. A grinding template developed by attendees at an AWI Sharpening and Grinding Workshop held in Roseworthy, South Australia in May 2013 was produced and made available for free in December 2013. The template helps shearers place their combs and cutters in the best possible position on the grinder to ensure they get the ultimate sharpening. The template is available by ringing the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. Many of the local shearing and wool handling competitions that AWI supports include a novice/learner section which encourages young people to participate and join the industry s ranks. $2,827,000 project expenditure + 2.4 AWI staff (full time equivalent) Research into new pasture species and models of pasture growth. Shifting the feed base to new and more reliable legume species in light of increased climate variability (optimising nitrogen supply). Increased healthy pasture soils: 20% increase in pasture growth due to less pathogens such as phytophthora. Increased focus on action on the ground (through participatory R&D; that is, better engagement between grower and researchers); extension and engagement of woolgrowers on: o Sustainable grazing management-- eg Enrich follow up; dual purpose crops. o Technology transfer from research repositories such as livestock systems design (EverGraze). o Agronomy packages and companion species. o Rabbit control. REPORT OF 2013/14 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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