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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2008-09
Extension and adoption Activity Progress in 2008/09 Education and extension. • Marketing of the Making More from Sheep' (MMFS) program to industry has been successful. According to a June 2009 survey: o 17,400 sheep producers are aware of the program o 3,430 hard copy, CD and web versions of the manual have been distributed o 4,700 sheep producers participated in MMFS learning activities o Adoption of a new MMFS procedure: ̇ 44% by manual users ̇ 45% by workshop participants ̇ 67% by those both attending workshop and using manual. • AWI has worked with project managers and marketing experts to develop innovative and original products to promote the uptake of wool industry innovations. We have delivered: o a DVD on wool preparation o flip charts on pillars of shearing and wool handling for shearer and wool handler trainers, o lice extension campaign, LiceSense' o Lifetime Wool recommendations available o website updates for EverGraze and Making more from Sheep. • Benchmarking the financial performance of wool relative to other enterprise choices occurred for 2007/08. • AWI extension network programs have continued to develop as a mechanism for effective marketing of AWI innovations to industry. Flystrike prevention, lice and drought management have been the key focus. • Delivery of Cost of Production workshops and training to industry were postponed until 2009/10 due to technical complications with software program and usability. • A "Raising the Baa" competition to promote efficient sheep management by recognising highly efficient woolgrowers was not progressed due to lack of co-investment interest. • AWI has lobbied Federal and State governments for increased investment in biological control agents for rabbits. Via the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the Rabbit Management Advisory Group, funding has been received through Caring for our Country to assess alternate Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) strains with high lethality. An Invasive Animals CRC Supplementary Bid application is still under consideration. Industry leadership. • Eleven students who have been provided postgraduate scholarships in wool industry related fields of research have completed their theses and are awaiting graduation. Other students will complete their studies by Dec 2010. • AWI has supported the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sheep Industry Innovation's postgraduate program. The CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation has awarded 16 scholarships. • AWI intellectual property ownership in the Livestock Library (www.livestocklibrary.com.au) has been transferred to the Sheep CRC. Negotiations are ongoing with Australian Agriculture and Natural Resources Online (AANRO) (www.aanro.net) by the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation. • An Australian Rural Leadership Program scholarship was awarded by AWI to Ben Watts of Molong, NSW. • A Nuffield Farming Scholarship was awarded to David Cussons of Kojonup, WA. • Professional development to the Young Stud Merino Breeders and Next Generation Groups were provided until January 2009 when the programs were concluded. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- R&D
AWI Annual Report 2007-08
AWI Annual Report 2009-10