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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
20% increase in pasture production or increase in stocking rate capacity (2--4 dry sheep equivalent per ha). Significant gains surrounding the efficient use of fertiliser and access to soil nutrient pools. Rotational grazing study concluded with clear benefits for paddock performance and farm gross margin. Novel legume performance work commenced. Adoption across 50,000 ha of perennial pasture within five years. EverGraze project developed several regionally specific resources to promote perennial pasture systems. Whole farm grazing strategies' nationally accredited training program in development. Fundamental research under way by the University of Adelaide has made considerable advances towards understanding the transformation of applied Phosphorous between plant accessible and inaccessible pools. Findings from both short and long term trials to date suggest a necessary "re-write" of soil P cycling which will inevitably influence management guidelines and improve access phosphorous pools. A CSIRO project is currently under way to rank important legume species based on critical P requirements and map influential plant morphology traits (focusing on root traits) to guide future plant breeding direction. A project with the Department of Primary Industries and Environment (DEPI) Victoria has contributed data to understand a variety of non- commercial species including naturalised legumes and grasses response to various P levels. A variety of novel legume management practices are being trailed in WA and NSW, eg the development of new rhizobia, novel species and sowing techniques. Pasture legume sampling for Phytophthora clandestine field resistance has commenced with the involvement of 250+ producers across NSW, Vic, SA and WA. This will significantly address pasture decline problems faced by woolgrowers. After seven successful years, the Future Farm Industries CRC wound up on 30 June 2014. AWI's investment in the CRC and its predecessors has benefited woolgrowers most notably in the EverGraze project which has helped producers across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia manage their pasture and livestock systems. EverGraze has a mantra of putting the Right Plant in the Right Place for the Right Purpose with the Right Management'. The project has demonstrated that substantial increases in profitability can be achieved while improving environmental management. Up to 2014, EverGraze has prompted practice change on more than 4400 Australian farms, impacting more than 900,000 hectares through changes to feedbase, soil and grazing management, and 1.2-2.3 million ewes from improved reproductive performance. An analysis of changes to feedbase and grazing management practices made by EverGraze participants from 2009 to 2012 indicated significant production increases, estimated to include an additional 550,000-800,000kg of greasy wool produced from wool enterprises. The value of changes to grazing management, feedbase, shelter and flushing ewes are estimated at $306 million, which equates to a benefit:cost of the $33 million investment of 9:1. All the results and recommendations from EverGraze research have been made available on the EverGraze website at www.evergraze.com.au. The results have been presented as regionally relevant information packages that quantify the productivity, economic, environmental, risk and lifestyle impacts of implementing changes on farm. The project has developed several EverGraze decision support tools and calculators for producers, including the EverGraze Feed Budget and Rotation Planner, Pasture Improvement Calculator, Green Feed & Tactical Management Calculator, Shelter Investment Tool, and Feed on Offer Guide -- all available on the website. An EverGraze whole farm grazing strategies (WFGS) accredited training program was developed and successfully piloted with five grower groups in Victoria and NSW. The course notes are complete and ready for further delivery. A rotational grazing study with NSW Department of Primary Industry has concluded making recommendations towards the intensive rotational grazing system's positive contribution to stocking rate capacity, ground cover and gross margin on both improved and native pasture types. These findings represent the basis for new intensive grazing management guidelines for sheep and wool producers. An ongoing CSIRO project, aimed at producers across the sheep-wheat zones of NSW and WA, will demonstrate incentives and clarify management tactics and thresholds for grazing durations in mixed sheep and cropping enterprises. Producers inspect an EverGraze perennial pasture trial at Pastoria in Victoria. REPORT OF 2013/14 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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