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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
• Teacher and student support -- AWI will promote the wool industry and its features to primary and secondary teachers (and their students) and provide support through participation in learning programs, resources/tools and professional development activities. • AWI will support wool industry advocates seeking to learn more about their own and other industries, and share their knowledge through advisory panels, committees and marketing activities. • Professional development for researchers, advisors, extension specialists and AWI network coordinators will continue through AWI-supported R&D updates and conferences focused on the role of wool sheep in a profitable enterprise mix. • The National Merino Challenge aims to increase the skills, knowledge and capacity of young people in agriculture, and entering the wool industry through training sessions and demonstrations coupled with theoretical and practical challenges. It will support the increased capacity of teachers and lecturers in teaching the principles of Merino breeding and selection. • AWI will also prepare briefings to demonstrate welfare credentials to protect market access and enhance the demand for wool through support for the National Wool Declaration and integration with AWI's Global Business Services. • AWI will keep in touch with industry through forums and road shows, direct mail and a range of electronic media and e-learning. Support and develop leadership skills through Australian Rural Leadership Program (one annually), Nuffield Farming Scholarships (one annually) and Young Farming Champion initiatives (up to four annually). In 2014/15, AWI supported one ARLP position, awarded one Nuffield Farming Scholarship and took on one new Young Farming Champion, whilst continuing to support its existing Young Farming Champions. Distribute up to 300 Learn About Wool teachers kits each year. Demand for the Learn About Wool kits remains strong across Australia, with rising interest in the materials coming from international schools. The National Merino Challenge (NMC) will attract at least 60 participants each year and up to 25 trainers for the Train--the--Trainer Workshops. In 2015, the NMC attracted more than 95 participants, with the Train-the-Trainer Workshops attracting more than 30 participants. Up to eight forums will be held each year to inform, update and keep in touch with industry. AWI continues to actively participate in industry forums to speak with woolgrowers directly about what is impacting on their businesses. • Robert Webb of Tarana in NSW was awarded AWI's 2014/15 Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study managing native pasture with fire to improve wool production. • AWI's Australian Rural Leadership Program position was awarded to Peter McCrabb from Booroorban, NSW. • AWI continues to support Amy Carpenter, who is studying at University of New England, through the Horizon Scholarship program (a joint initiative of RDCs to support students studying agriculture), and this year has also started supporting Royce Pitchford, studying at The University of Adelaide. • Continued investment was made to the Young Farming Champions (YFC) Program, with Dione Howard from Milbrulong in NSW joining AWI's existing YFCs in representing the wool industry in schools. • The AWI Learn About Wool (LAW) kit proves to be ever more popular, with more than 1,000 kits now distributed over the life of the project to primary and secondary teachers around Australia, and orders continuing to flow in. • The National Merino Challenge (NMC) was held in Adelaide in May 2015 for the third and final year of the pilot project. Once again, there was an increase in the participation of young people interested in the wool and sheep industry, as well as an increase in the industry's support of the project through strategic partnerships. During the project's pilot phase (2013-2015), 225 students from across Australia have participated from more than 20 schools, TAFEs, colleges and universities. Students at the National Merino Challenge held in Adelaide in May 2015 being shown what to look for when selecting rams and ewes. Nearly 100 students participated in seven 'mini-challenges' across two days, testing their knowledge of Merino fleece, production and breeding and selection principles. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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