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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
$2,060,000 project expenditure + 1.2 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 growers through woolgrower 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. All states have increased their member databases, with more than 9,000 woolgrowers around Australia participating. Average annual cost saving to participating woolgrowers of $700. All states are performing above target with the average annual cost saving in 2014/15 being $2,546. 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. This is progressing well, with AWI extension networks used in 2014/15 to deliver biosecurity workshops, wild dog information, and a number of other topics. 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. AWI ceased funding BredWell FedWell in July 2014. 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. An MLA (currently managing MMFS) study shows that 58% of sheep producers are aware of MMFS, with monitoring and evaluation showing that 46% of participating sheep producers are applying at least one procedure from at least one module. • AWI-supported extension networks continue to provide opportunities for producers to get involved in educational and practical programs that focus on making positive changes to production and management practices. The networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice. • Networks are present in each wool-growing state and all woolgrowers are encouraged to get involved. The AWI-supported extension networks -- BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Victoria), Leading Sheep (Queensland), Sheep Connect Tasmania, Sheep Connect SA, Sheep Connect NSW and The Sheep's Back (WA) -- have seen another successful year, with increases in participation and the reported benefit by woolgrowers. • AWI's new pastoral network, Pastoral Profit, commenced in 2014/15. Pastoral Profit is collaboration between AWI and MLA, and is targeted at pastoral wool, sheepmeat and beef producers. • 85 Making More From Sheep events were held around Australia in 2014/15 with 2087 attendees The Making More from Sheep program -- a joint initiative of AWI and MLA -- is a best practice package of information and tools for sheep producers supported by a range of events and workshops. Producers learning about native grasses at a Barossa Improved Grazing Group field day at Keyneton in October, co-supported by AWI's Sheep Connect SA. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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