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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
STRATEGY 4: EDUCATION AND EXTENSION STRATEGY 4 RESOURCES DURING 2015/16 $2,368,000 project expenditure + 1.4 AWI staff (full time equivalent) PROGRAM 1: GROWER SKILLS CAPACITY INVESTMENT FOCUS • 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. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16 Progress during 2015/16 Increase in the number of participating woolgrowers across the extension networks. Achieved. 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. Achieved. All states are performing well above target with the national average annual cost saving in 2015/16 being $3,334, which is an increase from $2,546 in 2014/15. 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. Achieved. Solid progress was made across the 2013/15– 2015/16 strategic period, with AWI’s extension networks used to deliver biosecurity workshops, wild dog information and promote Lifetime Ewe Management courses, as well as 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. Target revised. AWI ceased funding BredWell FedWell at the end of July 2014. Prior to ceasing funding, 45 workshops were conducted from 1 July 2013 to 31 July 2014 to a total of 1,116 participants. 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. Partly achieved. 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. KEY RESULTS DURING 2015/16 • Breeding Leadership was held in February 2016 in Clare SA, and 26 young people were selected, based on their applications, from various facets of the wool industry all across Australia. Demand for the program once again outstripped the number of positions available in the biennial program. • AWI continued to support multiple wool and sheep industry young grower initiatives across Australia, contributing to the Monaro Farming Systems traineeship program, Young Stud Masters Muster at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, University of New England Farming Futures, Farm Business Bootcamp, Charles Sturt University & University of Sydney Sheep & Wool Tour, Murdoch University Sheep & Wool Tour, Hay Inc rural traineeship program and SA Sheep Expo, to name a few. • AWI-supported extension networks continue to provide opportunities for producers to get involved in practical programs that focus on making positive changes to on-farm production and management practices. The networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice, as well as giving AWI a direct link to what is happening on-ground. • 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 pastoral grower network, Pastoral Profit, which commenced in July 2014/15, has continued delivery through 2015/16. Pastoral Profit is a collaboration between AWI and MLA, and is targeted at wool, sheepmeat and beef producers in the southern pastoral zones of Queensland, NSW, SA and WA. • 136 Making More From Sheep (MMFS) events were held around Australia in 2015/16 with 2,990 attendees. The MMFS program is a best practice package of information and tools for sheep producers supported by a range of events and workshops. 22 REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D
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