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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
TRAINING & TECHNOLOGY UPTAKE STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2016/17 $5,209,000 project expenditure SHEEP & WOOL MANAGEMENT SKILLS INVESTMENT FOCUS National Merino Challenge AWI will continue to support the NMC. Extension Networks Enhanced delivery of AWI priorities through increased utilisation of AWI’s state grower networks. Practical Management Information AWI will continue to develop and make available key industry resources on best management practices and existing technologies across all facets of sheep production. Capacity Building & Technologies Address short-falls in practical hands-on training initiatives specific for wool and sheep. Re-establish the facilities at the Falkiner Field Station for training and engagement purposes. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Over 10 practical sheep skills training events held across the country each year, reaching over 100 people and at an average cost not exceeding $150 per effective participant. On target. 10 ‘stand-alone’ workshops were held across the country this year on the topic of practical sheep classing, attended by 235 people. In addition, talks and presentations were given at numerous other functions and sheep shows etc during the year. 2. Delivery of the National Merino Challenge on a fixed annual budget in real terms. On target. The 2017 National Merino Challenge was delivered in Melbourne in May within the approved budget. 3. Average annual cost saving to woolgrowers participating in AWI supported networks exceeds $700, net of AWI and grower costs. On target. All states are performing well above target with the national average annual cost saving in 2016/17 being $3,145. 4. Achievement of a minimum of 8,000 page-views for practical sheep management resources on AWI websites at a maximum cost per hit of $1.50. On target. AWI’s woolgrower website, Wool.com, has achieved more than 100,000 page-views for practical management resources this year. KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 • AWI ran 10 one-day, hands-on sheep classing workshops, for people of all ages and enterprises, that are a practical way to learn about increasing the production of their Merino flocks. Through a combination of theory and hands-on components, experienced sheep classers lead the workshop and take commercial producers through the process of classing sheep, including understanding the type of sheep that breeders are aiming for, comparing individual traits between sheep, and other sources of information. • AWI held the National Merino Challenge (NMC) in May 2017 in Melbourne, attracting 108 students from 15 institutions across NSW, Victoria, SA and WA. Now in its fifth year, the NMC has attracted 473 participants. The NMC involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals to enable young people to develop their industry knowledge, skills and networks. During the two-day event, the students are educated and then assessed on their skills across a wide range of areas such as feed budgeting, condition scoring, breeding objectives and wool harvesting together with the commercial assessment and classing of animals and fleeces. Students testing their skills in sheep selection at AWI’s National Merino Challenge (NMC) educational initiative this year in Melbourne. Now in its fifth year, the NMC has attracted 473 tertiary and secondary school students from across the country. REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES 35
AWI Annual Report 2015-16