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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2009-10
Shearer and wool handler training • Training of 2368 participants as part of the Regional Coaching in Shearing and Skilled Wool Handler Training Program in six states, with an additional 251 workshop attendees. Logistical efficiencies • Commercial Upright Posture Shearing Platforms now readily available. Peak Hill Industries "ShearEzy" now selling around 20+ units per year. Hecton's "Highlander" sold ex. Western Australia, <10 units, and "CalmShear" formerly Gum Hill (Lines family) also <10 units annually. Manufacturers report some overseas interest. • Specialist "ram shearer" businesses are emerging using Upright Posture Shearing Platform technology. One established in southern New South Wales using Hecton Highlander and a second commencing in Victoria using ShearEzy. • Alternative comb and cutter sharpening technology developed and proven to early stage shed testing. It requires further evaluation under Australian conditions. • Producer case studies now provide best practice guidelines of how to improve working conditions in shearing sheds. Examples are available on the AWI website www.wool.com. Alternatives to shearing • Project terminated as part of re prioritising of projects to meet lower on-farm expenditure targets for 2009/10. Professional development for growers • AWI has continued to support the state based extension networks which reach over 3,500 woolgrowers and secure an estimated $1.872million in funding and in-kind contributions from state departments and woolgrowers. In 2009/10, nearly 800 new members became involved within the networks. • Making More From Sheep Phase 2 has been refunded, with Meat & Livestock Australia as the managing agent. The second phase will have a greater emphasis on measured practice change and increases in skills knowledge and confidence of producers. The modules will be reviewed in 2010/11. Australian Wool Production Forecast • A new process is under development with a view to reducing overall cost and achieving efficiencies in the model. Future leaders • Four AWI funded PhD students completed their degrees in the areas of animal health and reproduction, pastoral grazing systems at Universities of Western Australia (2) Melbourne and Sydney. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
AWI Annual Report 2008-09
AWI Annual Report 2010-11