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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2008-09
Pastures Activity Progress in 2008/09 EverGraze. • 57 active demonstration sites delivered EverGraze principles with 2000 producers engaged. Four EverGraze Actions were released on the EverGraze website with two in draft form: o Split joining o Native Pastures of the Eastern Namoi o Native Pastures of Bundarra region (Nth NSW) o Native Pastures for Sustainable Agriculture -- Identification (re-write) o Management of Native Pastures -- NE Vic & central NSW (draft) • An EverGraze Exchange on improving lamb survival was released via the EverGraze website. • 150 EverGraze field days, farm walks and open days were held with an average of 20 producers, agribusinesspeople and consultants attending each event. Lifetime Wool. • Lifetime Wool final report was finalised and more than 3000 producers adopted Lifetime Wool principles. GrassGro. • 122 public and private advisers were trained to use GrassGro v3 in WA, SA, Tas, Vic and NSW. • Two GrassGro case studies were published: o Impact of high fertilizer prices (NSW) o Pros & cons of rotational grazing (Vic). Feedbase productivity. • Draft guidelines for the successful management of forage shrubs are being finalised for publishing in 2009. • Preliminary information packages prepared for reliable establishment of saltland/rangeland species, exotic warm season and native perennials were agreed to at a March 2009 project team meeting. • 19 training workshops were held on biological control techniques and practices for Paterson's Curse. • Two different biological control agents for Paterson's Curse were released - there were 11 releases of Longitarus echii and four releases of Mogulones larvatus across NSW and WA. Pastures Australia. • A field day to present the first season results from Moonbi and Wipena Sulla grazing and agronomy trials was held on 12 December 2008 with over 40 farmers and advisors in attendance. • An investment plan to encourage private plant breeders to use new genetic improvement and evaluation techniques has been developed and interaction is underway with two multinational seed companies for implementation. • Seven seed companies have co-invested in a pilot National Variety Test for pastures to establish industry acceptance of the assessment methodologies. Three sites have been established in Victoria. • A value proposition for investment in pastures and pasture plant improvement has been developed. This is both at an industry level and for the individual farmer. An application of this proposition to be considered by the Industry Strategy Group. • Plans for a Pastures Australia website have been collated. The Pasture Picker is ready for a soft launch. Training of key advisors is the first action prior to broadscale public promotion. • Extension packages for Biserrula and weed management using delayed germination pasture legume varieties was completed and submitted by 30 June 2009. • AWI negotiated an exit from Pastures Australia. Funding ceased at the end of June 2009. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- R&D
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