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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
• 2,490 training visits were made by shearers (a 10% increase from 2014/15) and 1,127 training visits were made by wool handlers (a 15% decrease from 2014/15) directly through AWI-funded programs across Australia in 2014/15, with an additional 350 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. • High school students in WA in the Agricultural school system were provided with training in the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches through in-shed or at school demonstrations of shearing and woolhandling. • Consistency workshops for more than 60 trainers from across the country were conducted by AWI at Dookie in Victoria. This workshop for the trainers of shearers and wool handlers helps 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 all local shearing competitions affiliated with Sports Shear Australia in 2014/15. 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. The aim of these signs is to help improve and promote safety in woolsheds. The kit is now available to purchase online at www.wool.com/shedsafety • AWI training resources are in constant demand which has resulted in all AWI's shearing and wool handling DVDs being converted to a format suitable for release on YouTube. The videos will be available in the latter part of 2015. The videos are a complete reference guide for shearers, wool handlers, woolgrowers, instructors and students working in various areas of wool harvesting. Packed with tips, hints and practical advice, the videos include advice from experienced shearers, wool handlers and wool classers. AWI funds training for shearers and wool handlers across a range of skill development activities. Pictured here is shearer trainer Ian Elkins training young shearers at 'Ravenswood' near Yass, NSW. This year, Ian was inducted into the Australian Shearers' Hall of Fame. AWI provides support to shearing competitions at local, state and national levels. The aim is promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling. Pictured here is the Australian team taking part last year in the Tri-Nations Challenge against New Zealand and South Africa. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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