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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
CONSULTATION In 2016/17, AWI focused on improving the effectiveness of its consultation with woolgrower representative groups. AWI undertook extensive work to develop a new Consultation Plan, seeking feedback from the Australian Government and industry representative bodies through AWI’s Woolgrower Industry Consultative Committee (ICC). The new Consultation Plan formalised a process to identify grower priorities, report these priorities into the Board and the business, and integrate them into AWI’s operations. AWI subsequently made a number of changes to improve its consultative process including the appointment of a Corporate Affairs Manager and formal re-engagement with state farming organisations. AWI also worked on improving its ICC to ensure it continues to meet the expectations of members, woolgrowers and the business needs of AWI. This included clarifying the purpose of the ICC to maximise its value, the development of a new briefing pack for members to improve the transparency of AWI’s reporting, and expanding grower group participation by inviting guest participants, such as ASHEEP. The priorities identified in AWI’s consultation activities in 2016/17 were reported into the AWI Board and staff and have been integrated into AWI’s 2017/18 Annual Operating Plan. Further details on AWI’s current consultation processes are shown in Figure 1 opposite. R&D priorities identified in AWI’s consulation in 2016/17 and integration into AWI’s Annual Operating Plan (AOP) 2017/18. (The AOP is available at www.wool.com/publications) ICC members’ priorities identified Priorities identified in other grower consultation Integration of these priorities in AWI’s AOP 2017/18 • Animal welfare • Flystrike • Wild dogs • Diseases – ovine brucellosis, foot rot • Lice • Expanding LTEM program • Lamb survival • Reproduction • Weaner management • Wild dogs – fencing, baiting • Diseases – ovine brucellosis, footrot • Paraboss – lice, worms and flies • Pain relief • Animal health Strategy: Healthy, Productive Sheep – see page 33 of AOP • Program: Sheep Health & Welfare • Program: Vertebrate Pests • Program: Reproduction • Program: Genetics • On-farm technology • On-farm technology • eIDs Strategy: Farm Automation & Software Development – see page 35 of AOP • Program: Software Development • Program: Hardware Development • Wool Exchange Portal (WEP) • Increase in shearer and shed handler numbers • Greater investment in shearing alternatives • More adequate wool classer training • Lower costs of production • Enticing young people into the industry • Shearing alternatives • Flexibility in clip preparation • Tools and guidance on yard design/infrastructure • Sheep handling efficiency and training • Training for new entrants in the industry • Wool Exchange Portal (WEP) • Business management Strategy: Training & Technology Uptake – see page 41 of AOP • Program: Wool Harvesting & Quality Preparation • Program: Sheep & Wool Management Skills • Research into wool’s eco- credentials • Fibre advocacy • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) • Climate change • Feedbase education • Dry time feeding • Water security Strategy: Feedbase & Fibre Advocacy – see page 36 of AOP • Program: Fibre Advocacy • Program: Feedbase & Eco- Credentials • Dominance of China • Chlorine in early stage processing Strategy: Product & Processing Innovation – see page 47 of AOP • Program: Processing/Product Innovation • Educating students on industry practices Strategy: Education Extension – see page 48 of AOP • Program: Trade Education • Program: Student Education 54 GOOD BUSINESS
AWI Annual Report 2015-16