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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries have remained as lead agencies for the National Wool RD&E Strategy. In 2014/15, the lead agencies and AWI agreed to commence the renewal process for the national strategy, reflecting recognition that: • the 2015/16 renewal of MLA and AWI RD&E strategic plans provided a pertinent timeframe for renewal of the Wool RD&E strategy • two of the three largest wool production states had completed state-level industry development strategies since the original Wool Strategy was developed, and the third state had undertaken steps to develop its own industry development strategy (which AWI supported in 2014/15) • the only project originally funded under the strategy was terminated by AWI, due to technical difficulties and poor alignment with AWI strategy • there had been major reductions in the level of contribution of some agencies to Wool RD&E since the original strategy had been developed (by contrast, AWI's had increased substantially). The renewal process commenced in earnest in March 2014, and will be completed by January 2016, with AWI provision of financial support. AWI has continued to support the NAB RD&E Strategy financially and operationally, and has continued to actively drive the wool sector's own biosecurity RD&E strategy, through the Federation of Australian Wool Industries, and internationally, through the IWTO Wool Biosecurity Working Group. Notable activities include: • Successful pilot trial of a wool bale disinfection process, through Australian Wool Testing Authority Limited • Successful development and trialing of 1-day woolgrower education workshops, in partnership with the BestWool/BestLamb network in Victoria, and International Fibre Centre. • Establishment of an internationally co-funded wool biosecurity RD&E information-sharing process, through the IWTO. R&D collaboration with other organisations during 2014/15 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 2014/15, around one in every 5.6 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 2014/15 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 2014/15 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) • 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) and the new Pastoral Profit (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 priorities the Government communicates to AWI. National Research Priorities The Government's NRPs focus on key areas of social, economic and environmental importance to Australia, where a whole-of-government focus has the potential to improve research and broader policy outcomes. The priorities are: • promoting and maintaining good health • an environmentally sustainable Australia • safeguarding Australia • frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries. Further information about the NRPs is available on the Department of Agriculture website: www.daff.gov.au. GOOD BUSINESS
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