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Wool Stocktake : Annual Report 2006-07
COLLABORATION WITH INDUSTRY Forming relationships and collaborating, ﬁnancially and intellectually, with other organisations on projects intensiﬁed this year in order to ensure that we deliver the best return for Australian woolgrowers. (For a full list of initiatives, refer to our 2006/07 Project List at Appendix B) On-farm collaboration During 2006/07, AWI was involved in a signiﬁcant number of collaborations with research bodies, including rural research and development corporations (RDCs), government departments of agriculture, the CSIRO, universities and commercial partners. Collaborations in which AWI made a signiﬁcant co- investment during the year included: –Sheep Genetics with Meat & Livestock Australia(MLA), a collaboration which aims to enable breeders to achieve higher rates of genetic gain in their ﬂocks; –The Sheep Genomics program, with MLA and nine other partners, aiming to discover sheep genes and their functions, and to provide new tools to producers; –The Land, Wate r & Wo ol natural resource management program, with Land & Wate r Australia (LWA); – The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), to continue Research & Development on a new toxin for the control of feral dogs and foxes, and efforts with MLA to keep the number of rabbits low; –The Meat and Wo ol New Zealand ﬁnancial contribution towards Australia’s push to make shearing and wool handling easier, safer and more efﬁcient; –The Lifetimewool project, providing practical guidelines for the nutritional management of the breeding ewe, with ﬁve state departments of agriculture (Vic, WA, NSW, SA and Ta s), the CSIRO and farmer partners across southern Australia; –Pastures Australia, an investment in pastures with MLA, Dairy Australia, the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; –The EverGraze project to help producers in the high rainfall zone develop new farming systems, with MLA and the CRC for Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity; –Grain & Graze, a research and extension program for mixed farms in southern Australia with MLA, GRDC and LWA. –AWI is also collaborating with numerous organisations on projects to combat ﬂystrike, such as the injectable replacement to mulesing project and research trials for mulesing clips. Other projects include the blowﬂy genome project with the University of Melbourne and Massey University (NZ), bio-control methods for blowﬂies with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Queensland, and integrated parasite management with the University of New England, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, the University of Melbourne, and the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Queensland.
AWI Annual Report 2007-08