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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
CONSULTATION In 2017/18, AWI focused on providing new and improved channels for woolgrowers to access AWI in person at specific and industry events, and digitally. AWI has continued to make changes to its woolgrower consultation processes, introducing new – and improving existing – channels to provide a more regular, customised flow of information to woolgrowers including: new free podcast called The Yarn, new @BeyondTheBale Instagram, and eNewsletters and market reports. AWI continued to improve the effectiveness of AWI’s Woolgrower Industry Consultative Committee (ICC). The changes focused on improving the flow of information to and from the ICC to increase the transparency of reporting including, more comprehensive briefing pack and minutes, inviting more grower production groups as guest participants, and publication of briefing packs and meeting records on AWI’s website to enhance transparency of the ICC. Outside of the ICC, AWI built greater awareness of its research and development (R&D) and marketing projects, continuing its program of proactive and formal engagement with state farm organisations and state Stud Merino Breeders Associations. The priorities identified in consultation with woolgrower representative groups were reported to the AWI Board and AWI staff and guided the development of AWI’s 2018/19 Annual Operating Plan (see table below). As part of our ongoing commitment to improving consultation, and to effectively respond to issues raised in the recent review of AWI’s performance undertaken by Ernst & Young (EY), in 2018/19 AWI will focus on implementing the recommendations from EY’s report. With industry input, we will be looking to develop a more standardised, transparent process for managing feedback and deliver more effective, meaningful and mutually-respectful engagement. R&D priorities identified in AWI’s consulation in 2017/18 and integration into AWI’s Annual Operating Plan (AOP) 2018/19. (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 2018/19 • Animal welfare • Flystrike • Wild dog and other vertebrate pest control • Diseases – ovine brucellosis, footrot, OJD • Lice • Expanding LTEM program • Genetics and genomics • Lamb survival • Reproduction • Weaner management and early weaning • Wild dogs – fencing, baiting • Diseases – ovine brucellosis, footrot • Paraboss – lice, worms and flies • Pain relief • Animal health and nutrition Strategy: Healthy, Productive Sheep • Program: Sheep Health & Welfare • Program: Vertebrate Pests • Program: Reproduction • Program: Genetics • On-farm technology • Ear tag technology • On-farm technology • Electronic identification (eID) • Water monitoring Strategy: Farm Automation & Software Development • Program: Software Development • Program: Hardware Development • WoolQ • Increase in shearer and wool handler numbers • Shed safety training • Wool harvesting alternatives • More wool classers and better training • Lower costs of production • Enticing young people into the industry • Improving grower consultation • Advice on clip preparation • 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 • WoolQ • Business management • Supply chain and market knowledge Strategy: Training & Technology Uptake • Program: Wool Harvesting & Quality Preparation • Program: Sheep & Wool Management Skills • Program: Market & Trade Intelligence • Program: Student Education • Research into wool’s eco - credentials • Fibre advocacy • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) • Climate change • Feedbase education • Soil and pasture health • Feedlotting • Dry time feeding • Water security Strategy: Feedbase & Fibre Advocacy • Program: Fibre Advocacy • Program: Feedbase & Eco- Credentials • Dominance of China • Chlorine in early stage processing Strategy: Product & Processing Innovation • Program: Processing/Product Innovation • Retailer training • Educating students on industry practices Strategy: Education Extension • Program: Trade Education • Program: Student Education 62 GOOD BUSINESS
AWI Annual Report 2016-17