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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
$3,440,000 project expenditure + 1.8 AWI staff (full time equivalent) The main AWI investment will be the continued support of extension networks. The investment also seeks to develop skills across specific segments including young woolgrowers and women. AWI will stay in touch with woolgrowers through forums and road shows, direct mail, and a range of e--learning and electronic media. Increase in the number of participating woolgrowers across the extension networks. Participation has increased to more than 9000 woolgrowers, and more than 1,000 industry members. Average annual cost saving to participating woolgrowers of $700. The BDA Group "Benefit Cost Analysis of AWI's Extension Network Investment" indicated the cost-saving target was exceeded, based on a pilot study. On-going evaluation will occur on a wider scale. Total cost saving to AWI from reduced extension cost for other technologies that AWI delivers to industry and where utilisation of the extension network is deemed suitable. AWI extension investments are being streamlined, with greater collaboration between existing investments and across state borders, as well as co-investment with other RDCs and organisations being actively sought. By June 2015, BredWell FedWell will deliver 90 workshops with a participation target of 1800 to educate growers in key production benefits of genetics, plus feed management for improved reproduction. 44 BredWell FedWell workshops, with 1104 participants in 2013/14. At least 70% of sheep producers (22,000) will be aware of Making More From Sheep (MMFS) by 2015. At least 50% of participating sheep producers applying at least one procedure, from at least one module to their sheep enterprise that delivers improved productivity and profitability. A 2013 study conducted by MLA (currently managing MMFS) shows that 58% of sheep producers are aware of MMFS. Another study will be conducted in 2015. Monitoring and evaluation within MMFS shows that currently 46% of sheep producers are applying at least one procedure from at least one module. AWI's extension networks -- Bestprac (national pastoral), BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Victoria), Leading Sheep (Queensland), Sheep Connect NSW, Sheep Connect SA, Sheep Connect Tasmania and The Sheep's Back (WA) -- continue to increase participation and benefits. From July 2014, AWI will collaborate with MLA to deliver a national pastoral network for wool, sheep and beef producers. Encouraging young people into the industry, and those already in the industry to be more involved with AWI's activities, has continued to be a focus this year across a number of AWI's projects. The AWI Board decision to cease funding the BredWell FedWell project in late 2013 has not affected the delivery of the project this year. 2013/14 activities continued notwithstanding the cancellation of ongoing funding, and realised pleasing results toward the workshop target, especially toward the participation target. AWI's funding of this project ceased in July 2014. MLA and AWI negotiated refinements to BredWell FedWell content to address AWI concerns, and concluded a license agreement for on-going delivery of the product. More than 80 Making More From Sheep events have been conducted around Australia, attracting more than 1700 attendees. Breeding Leadership was held in Clare, SA in February 2014. The biennial course attracted 34 applications, from which 22 participants were chosen from around Australia -- seven from New South Wales, three from Queensland, three from South Australia, two from Tasmania, four from Victoria, and three from Western Australia. A new project, Merino Sheep Classing & Stockmanship, was developed to address the change in traditional entry paths to the wool industry and to deliver training to those entering the industry. Learning about condition scoring at a Sheep s Back event in Western Australia. REPORT OF 2013/14 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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