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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
• Felicity McLeod of Wentworth in NSW was awarded AWI’s 2016/17 Nuffield Farming Scholarship to investigate infrastructure to best help woolgrowers manage multi-species enterprises. By supporting the Nuffield Scholarship program, AWI is increasing practical farming knowledge and management skills in the Australian wool industry. • AWI continues to support Royce Pitchford, studying in his final year at the University of Adelaide, and Katherine Bain, studying at Marcus Oldham College, through the Horizon Scholarship program (a joint initiative of RDCs to support students studying agriculture). This year, AWI started supporting Amelia Gibson who has commenced studies at the University of Adelaide. • Continued investment was made in the Young Farming Champions (YFC) program, with Lucy Collingridge, Hamish McGrath, Caitlin Heppner, Deanna Johnston, Katherine Bain and Samantha Wan joining AWI’s existing network of YFCs in representing the wool industry. They actively engage with the public and school students, spreading their passion for wool, bridging the rural-urban divide, and inspiring the next generation of youngsters to consider a career in the wool industry. • AWI’s Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) position was awarded to Stacey Lugsdin from Hay, NSW. The ARLP graduates funded through the program by AWI use their learnings for the benefit of rural and regional Australia, and the sheep and wool industry in particular. • 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 Boot Camp, Charles Sturt University and 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 NSW, Sheep Connect SA, Sheep Connect Tasmania and The Sheep’s Back (WA) – have seen another successful year, with increases in participation and the reported benefit by woolgrowers. AWI’s national pastoral extension investment, Pastoral Profit, wound up in June 2017 following a successful three-year collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), engaging 2,133 producers in 110 activities. Moving forward, AWI will continue to invest in the pastoral zone through its existing woolgrower networks. • Making More From Sheep (MMFS), AWI and MLA’s package of information, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers finished active delivery in December 2016 after nearly nine years, hosting more than 1,000 events and attracting more than 20,000 producers. AWI and MLA are continuing to ensure the MMFS materials are kept up-to-date and are available to all via www.makingmorefromsheep.com.au. An analysis of the MMFS project shows that most targets of the project were over-achieved and $4.70 was gained for every $1 spent. Woolgrower Simon Wheaton of Kangaroo Island, South Australia: “Making More From Sheep events that I attended were fantastic really – they gave me some hard evidence to back up our gut feel and also the tools to be able to assess things accurately.” WOOL HARVESTING & QUALITY PREPARATION INVESTMENT FOCUS In-Shed training AWI will continue to support in-shed training. Workshops AWI will continue to develop and deliver workshops that are designed to complement commercial training opportunities. Innovative In-shed Technologies AWI will invest in research and development to enable the ultimate commercialisation of in-shed technologies and methods to improve the efficiency and quality of wool harvesting. AWI will continue to develop appropriate resources on shed operations, shearing and wool handling and ensure these are made available to industry on a cost-effective basis. 36 REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES
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