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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
• The early stage development of a wool and sheep financial literacy tool is in progress, similar to the beef financial literacy tool launched by industry earlier this year. Financial literacy is an implicit skill for successful farm management, especially for those who seek to upscale, refinance, succession plan, or even restock from drought, given high land, water and stock prices. • The inaugural Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation program was undertaken. Bringing young minds to everyday issues faced by woolgrowers, the collaboration involved AWI, the Entrepreneurship Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at The University of Adelaide and Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga (CSU). Teams comprising students, staff and the wider community undertook an intensive workshop course to give them the skills to develop the practical, low-cost digital tools to help wool producers improve animal health, welfare and productivity. Practical technology- based products seeking immediate field trials and ground-breaking technology concepts were among the winners. • An updated version of the Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) smartphone app was released in March 2017. The free app is a digital extension of the popular LTEM course that trains woolgrowers to maximise productivity by accurately measuring and managing the energy requirements and inputs of their ewe flock through the reproduction cycle – see page 28. The new version has various updated features including cloud capability to aggregate farm information from multiple users, new pasture assessment data to match both perennial and annual based pastures from across Australia, location settings and a new feed on offer assessment tool. FEEDBASE & FIBRE ADVOCACY STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2016/17 $1,866,000 project expenditure FEEDBASE & ECO-CREDENTIALS INVESTMENT FOCUS • Undertaking targeted LCA research studies and conduct effective stakeholder engagement to address major threats to wool’s environmental credentials and reposition wool’s rating. • Develop and communicate relevant case studies demonstrating wool producers’ environmental stewardship. • Identify pasture species to fill seasonal feed gaps, increase feed conversion efficiency and mitigate methane emissions. • Develop a suite of options to enable livestock industries, particularly wool sheep to prepare for a future requiring resilience to increasing drought frequency and severity. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Generate significant improvement in wool’s environmental footprint ratings, and strengthen wool’s reputation for environmental stewardship. In progress. Significant improvements are being made to the accuracy of measurement of wool’s footprint. 2. Through better understanding of constraints to grower investment in pasture renovation, increase adoption of beneficial feedbase practices with currently modest adoption rates – reaching 20% of all growers by 2018. In progress. Good progress has been made on understanding investment constraints and an extension program is being developed. 3. Prepare woolgrowers for the effects of climate change - by 2019, 50% of woolgrowers will have implemented climate change mitigating or adapting technologies without loss of profit. In progress. One project to enable mitigating and adapting technologies has been initiated and two projects are being developed. KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 See next page. REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – SHEEP PRODUCTION 31
AWI Annual Report 2015-16