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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
Major collaborations during 2016/17 included: • Vertebrate Pest Control – Wild Dog Alert (WDA) is a major co-investment program involving AWI, MLA, and the Commonwealth through the Centre for Invasive Species Solution (CISS). WDA is developing a warning system to give an early warning to wool producers, if and when wild dogs enter their property. AWI has also provided support to the recent release of RHDV1 K5, the new biocontrol for rabbits. Already exceeding predicted reduction rates for release sites, this new strain of calicivirus is particularly suited to the more temperate climatic zones. • Sheep health – AWI and MLA jointly fund ParaBoss, a suite of three products developed to help producers manage blowflies, worms and lice, which is coordinated by the University of New England with industry oversight. • Biosecurity – AWI is collaborating with Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) on a project to facilitate electronic bale identification and determine the environmental conditions of wool bales as they travel along the wool supply chain. • Shearer and wool handler training with Registered Training Organisation providers around Australia. • Making More From Sheep, which was the best practice manual plus 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. Research priorities While AWI’s R&D and marketing priorities are determined by woolgrowers as identified by industry through AWI’s Annual Planning and Consultation Cycle, AWI has also taken into account the Australian Government’s National Science and Research Priorities and Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities in setting its R&D investments, in addition to other directives and priorities the Government communicates to AWI. The National Science and Research Priorities were announced by the Australian Government on 26 May 2015. The nine priorities are titled: Food, Soil and water, Transport, Cybersecurity, Energy, Resources, Advanced manufacturing, Environmental change and Health. See www.science.gov.au for further information. The Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities were announced on 20 May 2016. The four priorities and aims are: • Adoption of R&D – Focusing on flexible delivery of extension services that meet primary producers’ needs and recognising the growing role of private service delivery. • Advanced technology – To enhance innovation of products, processes and practices across the food and fibre supply chains through technologies such as robotics, digitisation, big data, genetics and precision agriculture. • Biosecurity – To improve understanding and evidence of pest and disease pathways to help direct biosecurity resources to their best uses, minimising biosecurity threats and improving market access for primary producers. • Soil, water and managing natural resources – To manage soil health, improve water use efficiency and certainty of supply, sustainably develop new production areas and improve resilience to climate events and impacts. See www.agriculture.gov.au for further information. These priorties replace the previous National Research Priorities (announced by the Australian Government on 5 December 2002) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (announced by the Australian Government on 8 May 2007). AWI investment during 2016/17 aligned to the Government’s Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities Rural Research, Development and Extension Priorities R&D $ Marketing $ Other $ Total $ Total % Adoption of R&D 17,372,000 - - 17,372,000 25% Advanced technology 9,857,000 - - 9,857,000 14% Biosecurity 2,978,000 - 665,000 3,642,000 5% Soil, water and managing natural resources 1,041,000 - - 1,041,000 1% Non-R&D activities - 38,531,000 - 38,531,000 55% Total $ 31,248,000 38,531,000 665,000 70,443,000 100% Total % 44% 55% 1% 100% GOOD BUSINESS 57
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