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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
National Wool RD&E Strategy The original National Wool Industry RD&E Strategy was completed in 2011, with the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries acting as lead agencies. In 2015/16, the renewal of this national strategy was successfully completed, through a dedicated Steering Committee involving representatives of the major co- investors in wool RD&E, and wider industry reference forum. The new Wool Industry – National RD&E Strategy 2016 – 2020 has a number of key features which build on the experiences gained in implementation of the original strategy: 1. This strategy renewal has been intentionally timed to align with the renewal of AWI’s Strategic Plan for 2016/17-2018/19, and is focussed on ensuring complementarity with the new AWI Strategic Plan, and the new red meat industry strategic plans (SISP2020, and MISP2020). 2. The RD&E Plan is backed with comprehensive economic modelling which for the first time evaluates seven industry development scenarios out to 2030 across the red meat and wool sectors, and explores key industry outcome including wool and meat sector GVP. 3. Key performance indicators are defined for the life of the plan, and to 2030, which align with the AWI Strategic Plan 2016/17-2018/19 and clearly support achievement of targets in MISP2020 and SISP2020. National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy 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 International Wool Textile Organisation’s (IWTO) Wool Biosecurity Working Group. Notable 2015/16 activities included: • Wool bale disinfection – following a successful pilot trial through Australian Wool Testing Authority Limited, AWI-funded construction of a containerised prototype system for conduct of industrial trial has commenced, with field trialing expected to commence later in 2017/18. • Bale traceability – successful completion of a wool traceability review process, and conduct of traceability exercises with industry stakeholders. • Continued support for the internationally co-funded wool biosecurity RD&E information-sharing process, through the IWTO. National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy Membership of the Animal Welfare Strategy includes a range of Livestock RDCs (Australian Egg Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Australian Meat Processor Corp, AWI, Dairy Australia, LiveCorp, MLA, Rural Industries R&D Corporation Chicken Meat), Universities, State Government Departments and the CSIRO. The University of Melbourne provides executive support and Australian Pork Limited manage the administration of the Strategy. Key activities during 2015/16 included: • An annual forum investigating potential projects with across sector support • A project register and audit of Animal Welfare RDE capability in Australia • A review of novel biochemical markers for the measurement of pain in animals. R&D collaboration during 2015/16 R&D collaboration with other organisations during 2015/16 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 2015/16, around one in every 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 2015/16 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 2015/16 included: • Vertebrate Pest Control – a major co-investment program involving AWI, MLA, and the Commonwealth through the Invasive Animal CRC was initiated, establishing a Wild Dog Alert system and supporting the development and release of new biocontrols for rabbits. • Sheep Genetic improvement – AWI and MLA continued to collaborate in the conduct of the Sheep Genetics service. • Pain relief – collaboration with MLA in development of low-cost practical pre-operative analgesic products for sheep surgical operations. • Sheep health – AWI, MLA, the Sheep Industry CRC and other industry stakeholders continued to support ParaBoss, a suite of three products developed to help producers manage blowflies, worms and lice. • 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), Pastoral Profit (Pastoral), Sheep Connect SA, Leading Sheep (Qld) and Sheep Connect Tasmania. 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