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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2013-14
The Australian Government is a major investor in AWI, collecting and disbursing statutory levies and providing taxpayer funds for eligible industry research, development and extension (RD&E) activities. As the wool industry's rural Research and Development Corporation (RDC), AWI is the Australian Government's primary vehicle for funding innovation in the wool industry. AWI's plan for RD&E delivery is an element of the National RD&E Framework, an Australian Government initiative to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of RD&E. The initiative is delivering strategies for all agricultural sectors including wool, and cross sector strategies including animal welfare, biosecurity and climate change. The RDCs, State Government agencies, CSIRO and universities are all signatories to the initiative. AWI participates in the National RD&E Framework through its support of the implementation of several strategies sitting under the framework in partnership with other RDCs: National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI), National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy, and its own sector strategy, the National Wool RD&E Strategy. AWI, the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries continue to lead the implementation of the National Wool RD&E Strategy. In 2013/14, progress was slow, and focused on two initiatives: 1. the Deakin University-led "Fibre Quality: market requirements" project, which arose from NRD&E- Wool consultation process, and seeks to aggregate and review published and unpublished (so-called grey' literature) fibre quality research. This project also involves AWTA, University of New England, CSIRO, among others. 2. AWI also contributed to the "Blueprint for Extension" Review, with MLA and other parties. This review was presented at the National RD&E Forum conducted in May 2014, and effort will be on-going in 2014/15, potentially involving other industry sectors. Under the existing strategy's links to the National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, AWI funded a community attitudes survey with the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and Australian Pork Limited. No annual Wool RD&E researcher forum was conducted in 2013/14, and instead the lead R&D agencies (NSW DPI and DAFWA) have conducted meetings and are developing a Business Plan for presentation to AWI in the first half of 2014/15. R&D collaboration with other organisations during 2013/14 made AWI investments more efficient and effective by reducing duplication, maximising leverage and providing a greater platform for adoption. Collaboration, especially with other RDCs, also helped AWI and the collaborating parties address the Government's National Research Priorities (NRPs) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (RRDPs) -- see the section below. AWI has a demonstrated history of collaborating on R&D projects with other members of the RDC family. During 2014/14, around one in every four dollars that AWI invested in on-farm R&D was invested in collaboration with another RDC. This number does not include in-kind contributions from RDCs, nor cash contributions from other parties such as DPIs, and so is a conservative indication of the amount of collaboration undertaken by AWI. AWI was involved during 2013/14 in a significant number of on-farm R&D collaborations with RDCs and other research bodies such as government departments of agriculture, industry organisations, CSIRO, universities and commercial partners. Major collaborations during 2013/14 included: ParaBoss, a suite of three products developed to help producers manage blowflies, worms and lice (with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation, MLA and leading Australian parasitologists and veterinarians) helping to overcome predation by wild dogs, and helping to develop new control options for rabbits (with the Invasive Animals CRC and other organisations) Sheep Genetics, which is enabling breeders to achieve higher rates of genetic gain (with MLA) EverGraze, which is helping high rainfall producers increase the profitability of grazing systems (with the Future Farm Industries CRC and MLA) shearer and wool handler training with Registered Training Organisation providers around Australia Making More From Sheep, which is the best practice manual plus ongoing workshops for sheep producers (with MLA) Extension activities with state and regional based organisations and departments of agriculture, including BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Vic), Sheep Connect NSW, The Sheep's Back (WA), Bestprac (Pastoral), Sheep Connect SA, Leading Sheep (Qld) and Sheep Connect Tasmania. While AWI's R&D and marketing priorities are determined by woolgrowers as identified by industry through AWI's Annual Planning and Consultation Cycle, AWI must also take into account the Australian Government's National Research Priorities (NRPs) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (RRDPs) in setting its R&D investments in addition to other directives and priroties the Government communicates to AWI. GOOD BUSINESS
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