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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2009-10
R&D collaboration with other organisations during 2009/10 made AWI investments more efficient and effective by reducing duplication, maximising leverage and providing a greater platform for adoption. Collaboration, especially with other rural research and development corporations (RDCs), helped AWI and the collaborating parties address the Government's National Research Priorities (NRPs) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (RRDPs) -- see the following section. Given that the primary ruminant at the heart of AWI's R&D and marketing efforts (ie sheep) is also of interest to a number of other RDCs, AWI has a demonstrated history of collaborating on R&D projects with other members of the RDC family. Almost 20 per cent of AWI's R&D expenditure in 2009-10 was directed at projects involving at least one other RDC. During 2009/10, AWI was involved in a significant number of collaborations with research bodies such as rural RDCs, government departments of agriculture, industry organizations, CSIRO, universities and commercial partners. Major collaborations during 2009/10 include: • 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); • FlyBoss, which is helping producers with worm management practices (with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation MLA and the state departments of primary industry); • fast-tracking the development of a new breech strike prevention product called SkintractionTM with Cobbett Technologies; • helping to overcome predation by wild dogs and foxes, and helping to develop new control options for rabbits (with the Invasive Animals CRC); • 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); • EverGraze, which is helping high rainfall producers increase the profitability of grazing systems (with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Future Farm Industries CRC); • shearer and wool handler training with Registered Training Organisation providers around Australia; • a number of projects with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation, including postgraduate training, Information Nucleus, WormBoss, FlyBoss and greenhouse gas abatement; • Making More From Sheep, which is the best practice manual plus ongoing workshops for sheep producers (with MLA); and • Extension activities with state and regional based organisations and departments of agriculture, including BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Vic), Sheep Connect NSW, The Sheep's Back (WA), Bestprac (Pastoral), Sheep Connect SA, Leading Sheep (Qld), Sheep Connect Tas. 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. The RRDPs and each of their objectives are: • Productivity and Adding Value: To improve the productivity and profitability of existing industries and support the development of viable new industries. • Supply Chain and Markets: To better understand and respond to domestic and international market and consumer requirements and improve the flow of such information through the whole supply chain, including to consumers. • Natural Resource Management: To support effective management of Australia's natural resources to ensure primary industries are both economically and environmentally sustainable. . REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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