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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
TRAINING & TECHNOLOGY UPTAKE STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2017/18 $5,070,000 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 2017/18 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. 12 ‘stand-alone’ workshops were held across the country this year on the topic of practical sheep classing, attended by 618 people. In addition, talks and presentations were given at many other 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 2018 National Merino Challenge was delivered in Adelaide 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 2017/18 being $2,918. 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. The ‘Woolgrower Tools’ section of AWI’s woolgrower website, Wool.com, was accessed nearly 50,000 times this year. Other sections, including Education & Extension and On-farm R&D, were also heavily accessed, with Wool.com visited nearly 700,000 times. KEY RESULTS DURING 2017/18 • AWI held the National Merino Challenge (NMC) in May 2018 in Adelaide, attracting more than 120 students from 22 institutions across NSW, Victoria, SA, WA and Tasmania. Now in its sixth year, the NMC has attracted more than 600 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. • Continued investment was made in Art4Agricultire’s Young Farming Champions (YFC) program, with Lucy Collingridge, Bessie Thomas, Caitlin Heppner, Deanna Johnston, Adele Offley, Peta Bradley, Dione Howard, Danila Marini, Emma Turner, Max Edwards, Katherine Bain, Chloe Dutschke and Samantha Wan continuing to represent the wool industry as YFCs. They actively engage with the public and school students, inspiring the next generation of youngsters to consider a career in the wool industry. Students testing their skills in sheep selection at AWI’s National Merino Challenge (NMC) educational initiative this year in Adelaide. Now in its sixth year, the NMC has attracted more than 600 tertiary and secondary school students from across the country. REPORT OF 2017/18 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES 39
AWI Annual Report 2016-17