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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2008-09
R&D collaboration R&D collaboration with other organisations during 2008/09 made AWI investments more efficient by reducing duplication, maximising leverage and providing a greater platform for adoption. During 2008/09, AWI was involved in a significant number of collaborations with research bodies such as rural research and development corporations (RDCs), government departments of agriculture, CSIRO, universities and commercial partners. Major collaborations during 2008/09 include: • EverGraze, which is helping high rainfall producers increase the profitability of grazing systems (with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre); • Pastures Australia, which is the vehicle for industry investment in annual and perennial grasses and legumes, shrubs and herbs (with MLA, Dairy Australia, Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Rural Industries RDC); • WormBoss, which is helping producers with worm management practices (with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation and leading Australian parasitologists, researchers and consultants); • LiceBoss, which is helping producers with lice- management issues in their flock (with the Qld, WA and Tas departments of agriculture); • Sheep Genetics, which is enabling breeders to achieve higher rates of genetic gain (with MLA); • SheepGenomics, which aims to discover sheep genes and their functions (with MLA and nine other partners); • Lifetime Wool, which is providing practical guidelines for the nutritional management of the breeding ewe (with five state departments of agriculture: Vic, WA, NSW, SA and Tas, CSIRO and farmer co-operators across southern Australia); • fast-tracking the development of a new breech strike prevention product called SkintractionTM with Cobbett Technologies; • shearer and wool handler training with providers; • a number of projects with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation; and • Making More From Sheep, which is the best practice manual plus ongoing workshops for sheep producers (with MLA). 3430 copies of the Making More from Sheep manual, developed with MLA, have been distributed. Government funding and research priorities The Australian Government is a major investor in the Australian wool industry by providing statutory levy collection power plus taxpayer funds. AWI is obliged to contract with the Australian Government on the use of the levy monies. This contract is called the Statutory Funding Agreement (SFA). The SFA requires AWI to allocate funds to authorised research, development, innovation and marketing activities to ensure that the projects in which AWI invests are for the benefit of Australian woolgrowers, and that projects are efficient, effective and ethical. The SFA is available on the AWI website www.wool.com. AWI gratefully acknowledges the funds provided by the Australian Government to support the initiatives undertaken by the company for the benefit of Australian woolgrowers. AWI believes that it is using the funds in an effective way to maximize the creation and adoption of R&D and innovation along the global wool supply chain. AWI takes into account the Government's National Research Priorities (NRPs) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (RRDPs) when planning and reporting on its programs. The Government's NRPs aim to highlight areas of particular social, economic and environmental importance to Australia, and where a whole-of- government focus has the potential to improve research and broader policy outcomes. Further information about the NRPs is available on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website: www.dest.gov.au. The Government's RRDPs are intended to make the national innovation effort more coordinated, efficient and effective, and better position Australia's agricultural, fisheries, forestry and food industries to maintain a competitive edge in the face of economic and climatic challenges. Further information about the RRDPs is available on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website: www.daff.gov.au. The table opposite summarises how the programs undertaken by AWI during 2008/09 align with the RRDPs and the NRPs. Each AWI program is aligned with more than one research priority. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- R&D
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