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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
• Investment started in 2009/10 and, given the key strategic nature of reproduction to the national Merino flock, looks set to continue into the 2016/17 -- 2018/19 strategic plan, covering almost four AWI Strategic Plans. • The main area of investment is aimed at ewe and lamb survival, early reproductive success and high-performance weaners, genetics and biological mechanisms and conception and early embryo mortality. • The program will continue to establish and provide hands-on woolgrower training to deliver applied knowledge and practical skills to enhance woolgrowers' ability to achieve the targets below. For growers running Merinos: • Average increase of 10% in lambs weaned. • Subject to maximum additional annual cost of $2 per ewe carried. • Adoption across 9 million Merino x Merino joining. 100 groups (500 producers) have undertaken Lifetime Ewe Management training. There has been an 11% increase in the number of lambs weaned, a 36% reduction in ewe mortality and a 23% increase in stocking rate. 500 producers with an average of 3,500 breeding ewes each means that that the program has affected 1.75 million ewes, at a cost of $0.42/breeding ewe. • AWI continued funding for Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) training that provides hands- on on-farm training for small groups of producers (average five) in the management and nutrition of breeding ewes to maximise reproduction efficiency. On-going evaluation of group members continues to show significant benefits to participants through improving net reproduction rate. • In 2014/15, 100 groups (500 producers) completed (or have started with only the final sessions to complete) LTEM training, resulting in: o 11% increase in the number of lambs weaned o 36% reduction in ewe mortality o 23% increase in stocking rate. • 500 producers with an average of 3,500 breeding ewes each means that that the program has affected in 2014/15 1.75 million ewes, at a cost of $0.42/breeding ewe. • Key LTEM teachings have included: o whole farm profit can be increased by managing ewes to achieve condition score targets o condition scoring involves the use of a simple and quick assessment tool for managing ewes to targets o lambs grazing more pasture during lactation grow faster and are more likely to survive post weaning. • AWI developed in-house and rolled out an LTEM iPhone App that contains all the main features from the course. The App is a natural development for those who have completed or are in the process of completing the LTEM course. The App has proved popular with more than 1,100 downloads during 2014/15. • An A3 sized 'Scoring for profit' poster was posted to woolgrowers with the June 2015 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine. Originally produced by AWI's Sheep Connect Tasmania network using information from Lifetime Wool, the poster assists woolgrowers by explaining the seven important phases in the reproductive cycle of Merino ewes. Alex Coole from Frankland, WA, is one of hundreds of woolgrowers who have been involved in the Lifetime Ewe Management course. The course is helping woolgrowers develop the practical skills to improve animal nutrition, lambing percentages and weaning rates. The Lifetime Ewe Management App for iPhone is available free from the Apple App store and has been downloaded more than 1,100 times. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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