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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
PROGRAM 2: STAKEHOLDER & MARKET PLACE EDUCATION & EXTENSION INVESTMENT FOCUS • 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 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. • Briefings prepared that 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. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16 Progress during 2015/16 Support and develop leadership skills through Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) (one annually), Nuffield Farming Scholarships (one annually) and Young Farming Champion initiatives (up to four annually). Achieved. In 2015/16, AWI supported two ARLP positions, awarded one Nuffield Farming Scholarship and took on two new Young Farming Champions, whilst continuing to support its existing Young Farming Champions. Distribute up to 300 Learn About Wool teachers kits each year. Achieved. Demand for the Learn About Wool kits remains strong across Australia, with interest rising following AWI’s presence at a number of key teacher conferences across the country. The National Merino Challenge (NMC) will attract at least 60 participants each year and up to 25 trainers for the Train-the-Trainer Workshops. Achieved. The National Merino Challenge was held in May 2016 and attracted 138 participants, with the February 2016 NMC Train-the-Trainer Workshop attracting 18 participants. Up to eight forums will be held each year to inform, update and keep in touch with industry. Achieved. AWI continues to actively participate in industry forums to speak with woolgrowers directly about what is impacting on their businesses. KEY RESULTS DURING 2015/16 • The National Merino Challenge (NMC) was held in Sydney in May 2016 and attracted 138 participants. The NMC was held four times in the 2013/14– 2015/16 strategic period – the first three times within its pilot phase (August 2013, May 2014, May 2015), and the fourth (May 2016) as a full project. To date, 363 students have participated in the NMC from more than 25 schools, TAFEs, colleges and universities, as well as 97 teachers having completed the NMC Train-the-Trainer Workshops. • Jack England of Kingston in South Australia was awarded AWI’s 2015/16 Nuffield Farming Scholarship to investigate the benefits and costs of using variable rate technology (VRT) for fertiliser and trace element prescription use in livestock systems. • AWI continues to support Amy Carpenter, studying in her final year at the University of New England, and Royce Pitchford, studying at the University of Adelaide, through the Horizon Scholarship program (a joint initiative of RDCs to support students studying agriculture). This year, AWI started supporting Katherine Bain who has commenced her studies at Marcus Oldham College. • Continued investment was made to the Young Farming Champions (YFC) program, with Chloe Dutschke from Belton, South Australia, and Max Edwards from Wellington, NSW, joining AWI’s existing network of YFCs in representing the wool industry in schools. • AWI’s Australian Rural Leadership Program positions were awarded to Carol Huggins and Bert Matthews, both from Hay, NSW. Condition scoring was one of the seven activities in the National Merino Challenge educational initiative. REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D 23
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