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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
ON-FARM R&D OBJECTIVE Increase the profitability and sustainability of growing wool. OUTCOMES New knowledge will be delivered to woolgrowers on improving wool quality and productive wool growing to reduce costs of production and improve on-farm profitability. INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY Focussing on key priorities for wool sheep producers, we invest in the extension of existing technologies and best practice, low risk short term R&D and long-term high risk R&D. The balance is weighted towards extension and short-term R&D. STRATEGY 1 Sheep Health, Welfare & Productivity Health, welfare and productivity gains are all linked. Some important investments for efficient production and wool quality are: improvements to fly, lice and worm management, reduced impact of wild dog predation, reduced impact of invasive husbandry and improved tools for labour efficiency, efficient reproduction rate and genetic gain. PROGRAMS 1 Parasites & Diseases 2 Wild Dogs 3 Invasive Husbandry 4 Genetics & Genomics 5 Reproduction STRATEGY 2 Wool Harvesting & Quality Preparation Efficient delivery of high-quality wool clips depends on investment in: recruitment into shearing through career promotion, delivery of high-quality training, and retention of those trained within the sector. STRATEGY 3 Production Systems & Eco- Credentials Managing productive and profitable wool growing systems while enhancing the eco-credentials of wool requires investment in new and improved tools that help woolgrowers make better informed decisions. These include: nutrient‐use efficiency, grazing and pasture management, carbon management, feed utilisation and chemical‐use efficiency. PROGRAMS 1 Managing the Resource Base 2 Carbon STRATEGY 4 Education & Extension Grower confidence in the wool industry requires investment in: effective communications, new skills training, peer support and networking, leadership and mentoring, and availability of experts. The community’s confidence in the wool industry depends on investment in: effective communications, availability of experts, and collaboration and unity of purpose across organisations. PROGRAMS 1 Grower Skills Capacity (extension) 2 Stakeholder and Market Place Education & Awareness 10 REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D
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